CFHS code : HT122
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of FRANCIS LEO WARD d March 6th 1920 aged 15 ANN WARD d Jan 9th aged 78 1946
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Francis Leo Ward (1904 – 6 March 1920)
Francis was born in Chatham but had moved to Cambridge by the time he was 4 years old. He was the son of Charles and Ann and lived at 15 Stockwell Street (1911) and 23 Hobson Street. He was a member of the Catholic Church choir and Catholic Scout Troop but was ill for long time – ‘for a long time (he was) a great but patient sufferer and he endeared himself to all who knew him’. He died aged 15 and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 11 March 1920.
Ann Ward (née Coultas) (24 February 1867 – 9 January 1946)
Ann was born in Sledmere, seven miles north west of Driffield, Yorkshire and was the daughter of John and Ellen. John was an agricultural labourer and aged 14 Ann was documented as an out of work domestic servant. In 1887 she sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia but seems to have returned to England to marry Charles Albert Ward (1872-1950) c.1895. Charles was a stonemason and they had nine children: Ellen Gertrude (1896-1983), Charles Albert (1898-1941), Elizabeth Philomena (1900-1903), Jacob Eutace (1902-1981), Winifred Philomena (1903-1959), Francis Leo, Laurence Abrose (1908-1973) and two further children who died as infants. Their eldest two children were born in Driffield, Elizabeth was born in Macclesfield, Jacob and Winifred in Peterborough, Francis in Chatham but by 1908 they appear to have settled in Cambridge. Charles was documented as as stonemason in 1911, but by 1939 was running the Rabbit Pub at 50 Gold Street. Ann died at 34 Tunwells Lane, Great Shelford aged 78 years old.
Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS
by Claire Martinsen
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