CFHS code : HT454

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH MARY ANN dearly beloved wife of ROBERT ARNOLD d August 7 1926 aged 73 also of her husband ROBERT d Sep 20 1947 aged 91

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Arnold headstone 2014



In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH MARY ANN
dearly beloved wife of ROBERT ARNOLD who passed away Aug. 7. 1926 aged 73 years.

Also of her husband ROBERT d Sep 20 1947 aged 91

Elizabeth Mary Ann Arnold (née Crawley)  (1852 – 7 August 1926)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Robert Edward Crawley (1813-1853) and Mary (1810-1887) and was born in St.Pancras, London. Robert was a silversmith’s porter who died when Elizabeth was  a year old. She is believed to have worked as a draper’s assistant in London before marrying Robert Arnold in Cambridge in 1880. When they married Robert worked as a railway signalman and the couple lived at 7 York Street (1881) and then Swaffham Prior (1891). The couple had seven children: Edward Robert (1880-1881), Mary Louise (1882-1902), Arthur Daisley (1883-1970), Florence Maud (1886-1984), Frank (1888-1943), Sidney (1891-1905) and Charles Albert (1893-1975). By 1901 Robert had been made station master of Swaffham Prior station, a role he held until at least 1915.

Their son Arthur served with the 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade in the war and his letters to his parents were published in the Cambridge Independent Press in January 1915. He wrote ‘we had a fairly good Christmas, under the circumstances. The Germans arranged it with us not to fire on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and they kept to their word with our regiment. We met them between the trenches and had chats with them. They appear to be very nice chaps and a lot speak English. They are fed up. Up to today I don’t think a shot has been fired between the trenches of our regiment. What do you think three of us had for Christmas dinner – a pheasant and rabbit, vegetables, plum pudding, mince pies, etc. How’s that. You wonder where we got them from. We happen to be in a very large wood where there is plenty’.

Robert and Elizabeth retired to live at 41 Norwich Street and she died at home aged 73 years old.

Robert Arnold (19 March 1856 – 20 September 1947)

Robert was born in Walsoken, near Wisbech in Norfolk and was the son of Daisley and Mary Ann Arnold. He grew up at Baxter’s Lane in Walsoken and his father worked as an agricultural labourer. Aged 15 Robert was working as a blacksmith’s apprentice (1871) but later worked on the railway. He died at 41 Norwich Street aged 91 years old.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Mary Ann Arnold; Robert Arnold