CFHS code : CL80a

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of LUCY ALDERTON the devoted wife of CHARLES ALDERTON d Jan 2nd 1932 aged 63 also CHARLES ALDERTON husband of the above d Aug 9th 1950 aged 82 kerbs also In Loving Memory of our dear son CHARLES WILLIAM ALDERTON killed in action April 25th 1915 aged 25 also of my dear son LESLIE GEORGE ALDERTON d May 31 1935 aged 23 open book In Loving Memory of GLADYS M ALDERTON d May 31 1946 aged 43 also of JESSIE E ALDERTON d June 21 1946 aged 53

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Open Book

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202391, 0.13852918 –  click here for location

Alderton grave
Alderton monument


This handsomely carved headstone with kerb stones and open book, all with metal lettering, in the parish area of St Clement, is located on the east side of the eastern path just south of the junction with the crosspath to the centre circle (immediately in front of the rear garden of the Cambridge Blue).


‘In loving memory of Lucy Alderton
the devoted wife of Charles Alderton
who fell asleep Jan 2nd 1932 aged 63 years’
“Just sleeping, goodnight sweetheart goodnight.”

‘Also Charles Alderton husband of the above
who died Aug 9th 1950 aged 82 years’

[kerb stones:]
‘Also in loving memory of our dear son Charles William Alderton
killed in action April 25th 1915 aged 25 years’

‘Also of my dear son Leslie George Alderton
who died May 31 1935, aged 23 years.’

[open book:]
‘In memory of Gladys M. Alderton
died May 31 1946 aged 43 years’

‘Also of Jessie E Alderton,
died June 21 1946, aged 53 years’
“Peace perfect peace”

Charles William Alderton (1890–1915) – WW1 soldier – see also Life story page

Charles was born on 29 June 1890 in Cambridge. He was known as Charlie. In 1901, aged 11, Charles was severely cautioned by the local magistrates:

Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 1 November 1901
MONDAY- Before Messrs. C. P. Allix, R. B. Jenyns, J. Clark, and Major Francis.
CAUTION TO BOYS. – Horace Stevenson (11), George Maskell (7), of Cherryhinton, Thomas Cowell (11) and Charles Alderton (11), of Cambridge, were charged with removing stone from Hills-road without the consent of the surveyor.
– Mr. Rowley, the surveyor, said the County Council had no wish to press for a conviction, but brought the case forward that it might be known through the schools the boys attended that throwing stones from the heaps must be stopped. – P.C. Sanford stated the facts to the Bench, and the Chairman severely cautioned the boys, and they were discharged.

Charles was the eldest of twelve children born to Charles Alderton and Lucy Alderton (née Maltby). He had joined the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1906 aged 16. By the time the First World War began he had spent 18 months in Ireland and seven years in India with the Army.

Charles Alderton (1868–1950)

Charles Alderton was born in 1868 in March, Cambridgeshire. He was the youngest of nine children born to William and Mary Ann Alderton. His father was a railway labourer and the family lived in Bell Metal Lane, March. Charles worked as a bricklayer’s labourer before his marriage to Lucy Maltby in Cambridge in 1889. Charles and Lucy had twelve children all but one of whom survived infancy. Shortly after their marriage they were living at Hunts Corner, Mount Pleasant, Soham and Charles was working as a railway porter. However, the family moved to 42 Great Eastern Street, Romsey Town, Cambridge. Charles worked as a railway guard for the Great Eastern Railway. He died on 9 August 1950 in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Lucy Alderton (née Maltby) (1869–1932)

Lucy was born in 1869 in Cambridge. She was the youngest of eight children born to James Maltby and Elizabeth Maltby (née Moule). Her father was a shoemaker as was his father, Joseph Maltby. Her family address whilst growing up was 69 Cambridge Place, Cambridge. Lucy gave birth to her youngest child, Cyril Charles, on 8 May 1915, just thirteen days after her eldest, Charles, had fallen in battle. Lucy died on 2 January 1932 in Cambridge.

Leslie George Alderton (1911–1935)

Leslie was born in 1911 in Cambridge,  the eleventh of the Aldertons’ twelve children. He died on 31 May 1935 in Cambridge.

Jessie Elizabeth Alderton (1893–1946)

Jessie was born in 1893 in Soham,  the third of the Aldertons’ twelve children. Jessie worked as a domestic servant. She died on 21 June 1946 in Cambridge.

Gladys Maud Alderton (1902–1946)

Gladys was born in Cambridge in 1902, the seventh of the Aldertons’ twelve children. She died on 31 May 1946 in Cambridge.

War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar 1855-1966
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
UK, Soldiers, Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 4 June 1915
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 7 January 1916

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Charles Alderton; Charles William Alderton; Gladys Maud Alderton; Jessie Elizabeth Alderton; Leslie George Alderton; Lucy Alderton