CFHS code : PL561

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MONTAGUE SHIRLEY ALLISTON d Dec 30 1926 aged 53 also his wife ALICE MARY d March 11th 1950 aged 82

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202409, 0.13602753 – click here for location



Montague Shirley Alliston (27th August 1873 – 30th December 1926)

Montague was born in St Pancreas, London in August 1873.  He was baptised at St Mark’s Church Camden on 5rth December 1873.  He was the eldest son, and second child of the nine born to his parents George and Elizabeth Alliston.  He was not raised in the family home, but appears to have been brought up in Cambridge.  In 1881 he was living at 23 Silver Street with his paternal grandfather William Alliston who was a grocer there.

In 1891 he was living with his aunt  Mary Sophia and working in the seed shop of her husband James Sanders, who was a very talented seedsman and florist [see life story page].  He moved with James and Mary Sophia to 14 Glisson Road where they were living by 1901.  In 1905 he married Alice Mary Howes, of the infamous Cambridge cycling family – daughter of John and Sarah Ann Howes.

The family  lived at 148 Tenison Road and raised a family of two boys James Thomas Allison [1908 – 2000] and Cyril John Allison [1911 – 2009]. After the death of his uncle James in 1916, Montague inherited the seed shop and business which was based at Petty Cury.  Montague died in December 1926 aged 52.

Alice Mary Alliston[nee Howes]  (2 June 1868 –  11 March 1950)

Alice was the daughter of John and Sarah Ann Howes and was born and raised in Cambridge at the business the family ran in Regent Street.   She was the eighth child of the twelve that they had together.  In the 1901 census just prior to her marriage in 1905 she was living at Glisson Road and working as a dressmaker.  She continued to live at 148 Tenison Road after her husband Montague’s death, and is recorded there in 1920.

By 1939 she had moved to 37 Sedley Taylor Road in Cambridge and was living with a maid, a nursemaid and her twin grand-daughters aged 2. She died at Sedley Taylor Road in 1950 aged 81 leaving effects valued at £9,722

By Claire Martinsen

Sources: Ancestery

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Alice Mary Alliston; Montague Shirley Alliston