CFHS code : HS87

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE JAMES SMITH husband of KATE SMITH d Jan 24 1935 age 40

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholders x 2

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202235, 0.13818511 – click here for location



George James Smith (1894 – 24 January 1935)

George was the eldest son of Jonathan and Mary Jane (née Lank)  and grew up on Belgrave Road. Jonathan was a railway engine driver and aged 16 George was also working for Great Eastern Railway as an apprentice railway engine fitter. He served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment in the 1st World War and enlisted in February 1916. He was later pensioned as being medically unfit, but re-enlisted in May 1918.

On 10 July 1918 he married Kate Harradine (1894-1963) by special licence at the Mill Road Baptist Chapel.  Kate wore ‘a dress of white crepe de chine and ninon, with a veil and orange blossom and carried a shower bouquet of white carnations and roses…the bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a gold bracelet and the bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a wristlet watch’.

The couple had at least one daughter: Mary Eileen (1919-2006) and 1935  were living at the Eastwood End Crossing in Wimblington.  George died at Addenbrookes Hospital aged 40 years old.



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George James Smith