CFHS code : CL108

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Memory of WILLIAM [ROGERSON] d [1935] SARAH ROGERSON d March [1949]

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Rogerson monument September 2018

Lat Lon : 52.202501, 0.13841738 – click here for location


Located in the parish area of St Clement, the kerb stones are intact, but only a few letters of the inscription can now be read. We have used the parish burial record to complete the inscription.


In Memory of WILLIAM ROGERSON d 1935


William Rogerson (4 February 1871 – 17 March 1935)

William was born in Hull, and was the son of gardener William Rogerson and his wife Mary Jane (née Wilson).   He was baptised at St Thomas’s Church in Greetland and West Vale.   Aged ten he was living with his parents at Larkhill Lane in Liverpool.  He then appears to have joined the Navy, and married Sarah Cragg in Westbourne, Sussex in 1894.  The couple had five children: William Mark (1895-1895), Florence Mary (1897-1987), Christopher Herbert (1900-1992), Annie Louise (1903-1986) and William John (1905-1986).  The couple lived in Portsmouth, and William was in the Royal Marines. In 1897 he held the rank of coporal and by 1905 he was a colour sergeant. From later newspapers records it is known that he was awarded the Sudan and Kehdives Medals (1899), the China medal for the Relief of Peking, the Benin Medal (1898) in addition to the long service and good conduct medals.

By 1911 William had left the Royal Marines and had moved to Cambridge. The family were living at 9 Fair Street, and he is noted on the census of that year as a naval pensioner, and a town postman. Soon afterwards (by at least 1913) they moved to 6 Thompsons Lane. William died in Addenbrookes hospital on March 17th and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on March 21st.

Sarah Rogerson (née Cragg) (16 January 1870 – March 1949)

Sarah was born in West Marden in Sussex. She was the daughter of Mark and Eliza Cragg. Mark was a police constable with the Sussex Police, and aged 11 Sarah was living at Prospect Lodge in Chidham, Sussex.  She married William Rogerson when she was 24 years old.

After being widowed she went to live at 9 Elmfield Road (1939) with her daughter Annie Louisa, who was a post submistress.  She died age 79 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Sarah Rogerson; William Rogerson