We have found no monument for George Tarrant but know he was buried in Mill Road Cemetery through newspaper reports and in the parish of St Andrew the Less through parish records.

George Frederick Tarrant (1838 – 1870) (AKA George Tarrant Wood)

George was born in Cambridge to James and Eliza (née Wood). His father was variously described as a publican, labourer and dealer. He was brought up in George Street and Sun Street, the sixth of at least nine children. He married Martha Lumb at the church of St Andrew the Less on December 9th 1860.  Martha was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann. They lived in Fitzroy Street, Grafton Street and East Road and had at least five children who were baptised with the surname Wood: George (1862), Harriet (1864 -1865), William (1865- 1867), William (1867-1867) and Henry (1869)

George died of pleurisy, at his home on Newmarket Road, after a long illness. He was just 31.

This report is from The Sportsman – Saturday 09 July 1870.

” Burial of George Tarrant

Last Thursday afternoon, in the presence of a great number of people, this well known cricketer was consigned to his last home. He lies within a few yards of the celebrated “Billy Buttress” and within a stones throw of a famous player of former years, Mr W. Hopkins, well known in Mathematical circles as “the Cambridge Senior Wrangler Manufacturer.” Tarrant was followed to the grave by those of his brother professionals who could attend, and there is no doubt that if Tom Haywood, Bob Carpenter and J Smith had not been absent on business, and had attended the funeral, there would have been many more present. About a dozen relations comprised the chief mourners, and these were followed by Mr Inspector Robinson, Dan Hayward, Walter Watts, J. Fordham, C. Newman, H Dakin and others. The service was impressively read by the Rev. J. J. Scott, of  Trinity College, the clerk being Mr Robert Ringwood, one of the best cricketers that Cambridge ever produced. In our impression of Tuesday we stated that Tarrant’s death took place on the anniversary of his final match played at Sunderland: and what is likewise rather singular is he was born to the grave by branch members of the Foresters, the high court of which society was also held at Sunderland last year. “

George became a professional cricketer before his marriage and there are many stories about him on the internet. He played for the Cambridge Town Club and England (1863-1869). He was known as a fast bowler.

The Foresters referred to in the funeral report are thought to be the Ancient Order of Foresters, a friendly society which helped families in need. As George had been ill for about a year before his death they probably helped keep the family together.


British Newspaper Archive
Cambridgeshire Family History Society transcripts of parish records
A History of Cambridgeshire Cricket – web page

by Mary Naylor

George Frederick Tarrant aka George Wood