CFHS code : HT156

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH QUAIFE d 22 Jan 1919 aged 53

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The kerbstones in December 2021.


This set of kerbstones located in the south east corner of the parish of Holy Trinity lie a few metres from the south wall and 8 rows from the east wall. 2 of the kerbs are dislodge and some of the metal letters that form the inscription are missing


In Loving Memory of SARAH QUAIFE who died 22 Jan 1919 aged 53 years

Sarah  Quaife (née Preece)  (1865 – 22 January 1919)

Sarah was the daughter of agricultural labourer William and Mary Preece, and was born in the village of Ballingham which lies between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.  Aged 16 Sarah was working as a domestic servant for farmer William Hartland in Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire.  She married Eli Quaife  (1868-1949) in King’s Norton in 1894 and they had three children: Edward James (1895 died aged 16 weeks), Private Frederick James (1897-1918) and Lilian Lucy (1903-1980).

Eli worked as a baker at St. John’s College and they lived  at 72 Searle Street (1901), 19a Victoria Street (1911) and then 27 Grafton Street.  In 1911 Sarah was running a Lodging House from their home and died at Grafton Street ‘after a very painful illness’.   Her last few months were said to have been made worse as she ‘had been very anxious with regard to her only son, a prisoner of war, who has not come home. Nothing has been heard of him since last March’.  Sarah and Eli’s son Frederick was a private with the 12th Suffolk Regiment, and was presumed dead as of 12 April 1918.  Sarah’s funeral took place on 25 January 1919 and representatives from the St. Andrew the Great Mothers’ Union were at the service.

Eli Quaife married Mary Ann Robinson (1870-) in 1934.  They lived at 24 Glisson Road and he died aged 80 years old.



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