CFHS code : HT462

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of VIOLET SMITH d 20 Feb 1918 aged 8 also her father ARTHUR SMITH d 27 Sept 1935 aged 59

Monument : Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Violet May Smith (14 May 1909 – 20 February 1918)

Violet was the youngest daughter of Arthur and Emma (née Northrop) Smith. She was born in Cambridge and  grew up in Waterbeach where her father was a postman. She died of meningitus at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 8 years old and was buried  at Mill Road Cemetery on 23 February. The Cambridge Independent Press reported the funeral: ‘the father was unable to be present being on active service in France. Amongst the beautiful wreaths received was one from the mother and father and little sister, and one from her little friends and teachers of the infants’ school, Waterbeach’.

Arthur Smith (1876 –  27 September 1935)

Arthur was the son of Thomas and Harriet Smith and grew up at 1 Adam’s Yard, Jesus Lane where his father was a stonemason (1881).  By 1891 the family had moved to live at 54 Park Street and Arthur was working as an errand boy. He married Emma Northrop (1875-1963) on 24 April 1905 in Harston and they had two daughters: Edith Harriet (1907-1972) and Violet May. He had served with the Suffolk Reserve Regiment for 12 years, and was called up in June 1915 when he was 39 years old. He was discharged from the army in February 1919 and returned to live at the Green in Waterbeach. He and Emma were living at Rosemary Hill, Waterbeach in 1935 and he died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Arthur Smith; Violet Smith