CFHS code : MG118

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARTHA ASHMAN d April 15th 1934 and of THOMAS LEONARD ASHMAN d March 31st 1947

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202129, 0.13810683 – click here for location

Ashman grave
Ashman kerb stones

Monument

These kerbstones located in the parish of St Mary the Great are are 3 rows west of the east path in the centre of the parish. The kerbstones, corner posts and metal letters were all intact when this photo was taken in 2016.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of MARTHA ASHMAN died April 15th 1934 

And of THOMAS LEONARD ASHMAN died March 31st 1947

Martha Ashman  (née Benstead) (1861 – 15 April  1934)

Martha was born in Little Wilbraham  and was the daughter of James and Mary Benstead. She grew up on Church Street and James Benstead worked as an agricultural labourer. In 1881 she was working as a housemaid for farmer Henry King in Little Wilbraham.

Martha married Thomas Ashman in 1884 and they had five children: Ernest George (1886-1917), Arthur Albert (1891-), Charles (1895-1966), Bertie Thomas (1898-1941) and one more child who died as an infant. Thomas worked on the railway and the family lived at 11 Melton Cottages, Newmarket (1891),Wendens Ambo (c.1895-1898),  116 Argyle Street (1901) and  Sedgwick Street (at least 1908 onwards).

Corporal Ernest Ashman

Martha and Thomas’ four sons all served in the 1st World War and their eldest son Corporal Ernest George was killed at the front on August 1917.  His platoon sergeant wrote a letter to them which said ‘I had known him for a long time and  a better fellow I have never met, always willing and thoughtful for everybody and he will be missed sorely by the company…he is being buried in a little village just behind our lines and a cross will shortly be put up’.  Before the war Ernest had worked as a  collector for the Co-operative Society.   Their youngest son Bertie was a civilian casualty of the 2nd World War and was one of the eleven people killed when a bomb fell on Hills Road.

Martha died at 46 Sedgwick Street aged 72 years old.

Thomas Leonard Ashman (21 January 1860 – 31 March 1947)

Thomas was also born in Little Wilbraham and baptised there on 4 March 1860. His parents were Simon and Charlotte Ashman and Simon was an agricultural labourer.  Thomas worked as a railway gateman (1881), signalman (1891) and then railway guard (1901/1911).  He married for a second time in 1936 to widow  Nellie Ward (1878-1957) and died at Sedgwick Street aged 87 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Martha Ashman; Thomas Leonard Ashman