Parish: St Botolph

This grave was not located during the Cambridge Family History Society Survey.

Lat Lon: 52.202849, 0.13757064 – click here for location

Walter Searle: grave
Searle monument


This stone cross (broken) on a double pedestal, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located inside the centre circle, on the north edge of the circle, overlooked by a large tree.


In loving memory of
Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope
Who died at Cambridge
rest hidden

Part of the inscription is now hidden below ground level. Photo 2021

Walter Searle (1826 – 9 February 1890)

Walter was the sixth son of Samuel Brown Searle (1788-1836) and his wife Charlotte (née Smales).  He was baptised on 7 September 1826 at St. Thomas’s Church, Hackney.  His father died when he was 11 years old leaving Charlotte with twelve children.  In 1851 he was living with his mother and three siblings at Champion Place in Hackney and working as a commercial clerk. Also there, as a visitor, was Margaret McIntyre (1820-1905) whom he married a year later in Inverness.

They had 4 children together Walter (1854), Malcolm William (1855-1926), Florence Mary and Edith Julia.

The family moved to live in Wynberg, Cape Town, sometime in 1861, and Walter became a successful merchant. We know he was trading in a partnership with John Goodliffe and Alfred Smart up until 1879 when Goodliffe left the company.

He died at the Master’s Lodge of Pembroke College whilst visiting his brother Charles Edward Searle (1828-1902) who was Master of the College.  He was 63 years old.

Charles and his wife Mary had a son a year later who they named Walter Reginald Searle (1891-1958). Their 1st child Lancelot Power Searle (1886‒87), who died as an infant, is buried on the other side of the path to Walter. 


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