CFHS code : HT245

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of ARTHUR AYRES killed at Salonica Jan 25th 1918 aged 21 also EVLYN AYRES d Feb 3rd 1919 aged 16 also ELIZA ANNE AYRES d Oct 24th 1940 aged 72 also ANDREW EDWARD AYRES d Sept 27th 1952 aged 83

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20171, 0.1371628 – click here for location

Ayres grave
Ayres headstone

Monument

Headstone in the parish area of Holy Trinity, located against the south wall, nine rows east of the central path, thus on the right of the south path, in line with the headstone and kerb stones for Livermore and Brown.

Inscription

[based on Cambridge Family History Society transcript:]

‘In loving remembrance of Arthur Ayres
killed at Salonica Jan 25th 1918 aged 21’

‘Also Evlyn Ayres
died Feb 3rd 1919 aged 16’

‘Also Eliza Anne Ayres
died Oct 24th 1940 aged 72’

‘Also Andrew Edward Ayres
died Sept 27th 1952 laged 83’

Arthur Ayres (1896‒1918)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Arthur was born in 1896 in Blunham, Bedfordshire. He was the second of five children born to Andrew Edward Ayres and Eliza Anne Ayres (née Howse). In 1911 Arthur was staying with his maternal grandparents at 29 Islip Road, Oxford. He enlisted in Oxford and became Sergeant (11591) in the 7th Battalion the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He died in action in Greece on 25 January 1918, aged 21. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal.

Andrew Edward Ayres (1869‒1952)

Andrew was born in 1869 in Radstone, Northamptonshire. He was baptised on 3 October 1869 at Radstone. Andrew was the fifth of seven children born to Henry Ayres and Susannah Ayres (née Turvey). His father was an agricultural labourer. His mother worked as a live-in servant before her marriage, and a lacemaker afterwards. The family grew up in Radstone. Andrew initially worked as an agricultural labourer like his father. Then he moved to Oxford where he worked as a railway porter. He was a boarder at 3 Swan Street. Andrew married Eliza Anne Howse in 1894 in the district of Headington, Oxford. It appears that the family moved to Cambridge via Bedfordshire based on the locations of their children’s births. The couple had five children: Henry Edward (1895‒1966); Arthur (1896‒1918); Ernest (1899‒1919); Evelyn Louisa (1903‒19); and Elsie Laura (1905‒87). Andrew continued to work as a railway porter and then as a signalman. He brought up his family at 34 Hope Street, and then 45 Argyle Stree (both in Romsey Town), Cambridge. He died on 27 September 1952 in Cambridge.

Eliza Anne Ayres (née Howse) (1868‒1940)

Eliza was born in 1868 in Tackley, Oxfordshire. She was one of eight children born to Thomas Howse and Fanny Howse (née Westbury). Her father had several forms of employment throughout his lifetime including working as a leather worker, a platelayer, brickyard labourer, and a grocer. The family grew up at Oxford Street, Woodstock; Linehouse, Kidlington; Woodstock Road; and Islip Road, Oxfordshire. Eliza married Arthur Edward Ayres in 1894 in the district of Headington, Oxford. It appears that the family moved to Cambridge via Bedfordshire based on the locations of their children’s births. The couple had five children: Henry Edward (1895‒1966); Arthur (1896‒1918); Ernest (1899‒1919); Evelyn Louisa (1903‒19); and Elsie Laura (1905‒87). She died on 24 October 1940 in Cambridge.

Evelyn Louisa Ayres (1903‒1919)

Evelyn was born in 1903 in Cambridge. She was the fourth of five children born to Andrew Edward Ayres and Eliza Anne Ayres (née Howse). She died on 3 February 1919 aged 16 years.

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.ancestry.co.uk
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914‒19
Web: International, Find a Grave Index

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Andrew Edward Ayres; Arthur Ayres; Eliza Anne Ayres; Evlyn Ayres