CFHS code : AL246

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH PHILLIPS d January 6 1894 aged 69 also of HENRY husband of the above d April 15 1894 aged 67 for upwards of 30 years a member of the Borough Police Force

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20296279, 0.13859837 – click here for location

Phillips grave
Phillips headstone


This monument is a simple Gothic window shaped headstone. It is located in the St Andrew the Less section of the cemetery, close to the east boundary wall, to the right of the east pathway (as you go north), a little past the path to the central circle.


‘In loving memory of
Sarah Phillips
who died January 6th 1894 aged 69′

‘also of Henry husband of the above
who died April 15th 1894 aged 67
for upwards of 30 years a member of the Borough Police Force’

“Thy will be done”

Sarah Phillips (c.1825 – 6 January 1894)

Sarah was born in Swavesey and by at least 1848 had married Henry Phillips, although no marriage record can be found.  The couple had at least eight children: Thomas (1848-1923), Emma (1850-1913), Elizabeth (1853-), Henry John (1854-1915), Mary Ann (1857-1936), James Richard (1859-1889), Arthur William (1863-1937) and Sarah Jane (1866-1940).  Although Henry was working as an agricultural labourer in 1851, he later became a police constable and the family lived at Norfolk Street (1861/1871), 2 Upper Gwydir Street (1881).  By 1891 Henry had retired from the force and the couple were living at Alpha Road. Sarah died aged 69 years old at Sturton Street and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 10 January.

Henry Phillips  (c.1829 – 15 April 1894)policeman – see also Life Story page

Little is known of the husband and wife whose deaths within three months of one other in 1894 are recorded here other than what is conveyed by the inscriptions.  Henry was born in Newnham, and was promoted from 2nd-class to 1st-class Sergeant on 18 October 1869.  He served in the Cambridge Policeforce for over 33 years and retired c.1887. He was Inspector of Nuisances for Cambridge for many years.  This role would  now been the equivalent of environmental health officer and involved issues to do with food, noise, smoke etc.  Henry died at Alpha Road aged 67 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 18 April.  His coffin was carried by eight policemen, and newspaper reports said that ‘the police force sent a handsome artificial wreath as a token of esteem for their late comrade’. 

Watch Committee minute books (Shire Hall Archive)
communication from Melissa McGreechan


Newspaper archives

By Ian Bent with additional research by Claire Martinsen

Henry Phillips; Sarah Phillips