CFHS code : PL428

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CATHARINE STEARN d Jan 2nd 1907 aged 66 CHARLES STEARN d Feb 28th 1910 aged 81

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Catharine Stearn (c.1835 – 2 January 1907)

Catharine was born in Ireland and her maiden name was either Burns or Byrne.   According to census documentation she was born around 1835, which means she was 72 years old when she died, however the registration of her death/grave monument gives her age as 66 years old.

She married soldier Charles Stearn and they had at least three children: Sarah Ann (1864-1936), Charles (1867-) and James (1868-1938).  The eldest two children were born in Canada, where Charles was stationed, but by 1868 they had returned to England to live at Back Lane, Barrington (1871/1881).  Charles was an army pensioner and  labourer, by 1891 they were living at 2 Ross Street before then moving to 390 Mill Road (1901).

Charles Stearn (c.1828 – 28 February  1910)

Charles was the son of John and Zebiah and was baptised in Barringotn on 27 January 1828. John Stearn was a wheelwright and Charles worked as a labourer, before enlisting in the 30th Cambridge Regiment in September 1846.

From his army papers it is known that Charles was 5ft 10″ tall, with light brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He desserted the army in September 1856, but rejoined in March 1857, for which he served a two month prison sentence.  He served for a total of just 21 years, of which 12 years were spent on foreign service.  He was based in Gibralter for c. 4 years, fought in the Crimean war for a year (including the Battle of Inkerman where he sustained a leg injury) and c.7 years in Canada with the Royal Canadian Rifle Brigade as a Private.  At the end of 21 years he applied to be pensioned and returned to England.



by Claire Martinsen

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Catharine Stearn; Charles Stearn