CFHS code : HT46

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In loving memory of Rose Margaret Bennett died April 5 1920 aged 32 years [kerb stones] Sergt Richard Nixon 23rd Reg Batt Canadian Infantry died Aug 23 1917 aged 23 Also Louisa Mary Ann Lawrence died July 18 1910 aged 28 years

Monument : Headstone (small)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201802 0.13828139 – click here for location

Nixon monument

Monument

Small, semi-circular headstone with kerb stones, all in white marble, with lead lettering, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, located between the eastern path and the east boundary wall.

Nixon inscription
Nixon inscription

Inscription
[headstone:]

In loving memory of Rose Margaret Bennett
died April 5 1920 aged 32 years’

[kerb stones:]

‘Sergt Richard Nixon 23rd Reg. Batt. Canadian Infantry
died Aug 23 1917 aged 23’
‘Also Louisa Mary Ann Lawrence
died July 18 1910 aged 28 years’

Rose Margaret Bennett (née Nixon) (1888-1920)
Rose was born in 1888 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  She was the third of eight children born to Henry Nixon (1852-1915) and Mary Ann Farrant Nixon (née Edwards) (1860-1921).  Rose married Lewis Cartwright Bennett (1887-1960) in 1908 in Cambridge.  They had three children: Grace Margaret (1909-1910); Kathleen Mary (1911-?); and Rosie M (1913-?).  In 1911 the family lived at 119 George Street, Bedford.  Lewis worked as a boot closer for a boot maker.  Rose died on 5 April 1920 at The County Hospital, Bedford.

LOCAL FUNERAL.

The Late Mrs. R. M. Bennett.

The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at Mill-road Cemetery, of Mrs. Rosa Margaret Bennett, wife of Mr. L. C. Bennett, of Bedford.  Mrs. Bennett, who was the only daughter of Mrs. Nixon, of Eden-street, passed away at Bedford on April 5th, after only a very short illness at the early age of 32.  The mourners were: Mr. L. C. Bennett (husband), Messrs. H. Nixon, W. Nixon, G. Nixon and J. Nixon (brothers), Mrs. G. Whiffin (cousin), Mr. and Mrs. F. Edwards (uncle and aunt), Mr. T. Bennett (father-in-law), Mrs. G Eggleton (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. F. Pamplin, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Foster (friends).

There were a number of beautiful floral tributes, the inscriptions reading as follows:-

To my darling Wife, from her sorrowing Husband and Little Ones; To my Darling Girl, from her loving Mother; In loving memory of our dear Sister, from Harry, Bill, George and Jim; With sincere sympathy, from Aunt Lizzie and family; Fondest Love to our dear Niece, Uncle Fred and Aunt Susan; With love and sympathy to our dear Niece, Uncle Fred, Aunt Alma and Nellie; Fondest memory, from Father, Mother, Grace, Gertie and Roland, Oxford; With heartfelt sorrow, from George, Nellie and Aunt Sarah, Ely; In kind remembrance of our dear Aunt, from Harry, George, Nellie and Dad; To dear Rosie, from Louie and Bert; To our dear Cousin, from Nellie, Julia and Rosie; In ever-loving memory of dear Rosie, from Joe and Ivy, Bedford; In affectionate remembrance of our dear Friend Rosie, from Mr. and Mrs. Legge and Miss Pont; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Oakford and family; With true and deepest sympathy, from Syd, Coventry; With deepest sympathy and sincere regret, from Ethel and George Pledger; From Mollie and little George Pledger; With our united love and deep sympathy, E. and M. N[..]; With love and sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Lucchesi, Lowestoft; In loving remembrance, from all at 11, Mill-road; A token of respect, from Friends at 131, George-street, Bedford; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. A. Rickett; With deepest sympathy and regret, Alice; With deepest sympathy, from all at 9, City-road; In loving memory of Rose, from Mr. and Mrs. Porter; With deepest sympathy, from Mrs. S. A. and Miss Fundrey, Wisbech.

Cambridge Daily News, Monday, 12 April 1920

Richard Nixon  (1894-1917)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Richard Nixon was born on 25 April 1894 in Cambridge, the son of Mary Ann Nixon. His place of recruitment is given as ‘Aldershot, Nova Scotia, Canada’ on 20 July 1915. He was awarded the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. His name is recorded in the First World War Book of Remembrance as ‘Sgt. Nixon, Richard 60th Bn’. His entry appears under the heading ‘Vimy … Arras’ — the Battle of Arras (of which Vimy Ridge was a part) took place in April-May 1917 and was fought on the Allied side mainly by the Canadian Force.

Louisa Mary Ann Lawrence (née Nixon) (1881-1910)
Louisa was born in 1881 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  She was the second of eight children born to Henry Nixon (1852-1915) and Mary Ann Farrant Nixon (née Edwards) (1860-1921).  The family grew up at The Rabbit Inn, 50 Gold Street, Cambridge and her father was a publican.  On 7 April 1901 Louisa married Alfred George Lawrence (c.1878-1964) in Cambridge.  Alfred was a general labourer.  They had three children: Henry George (1902-1977), George James (1905-1969) and Ellen Louisa (1907-?).  Louisa died on 18 July 1910 in Cambridge.

Sources:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Wikipedia ’23rd Reserve Battalion, CEF’
Census: 1891, 1901 and 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration
Marriage Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s to Current
Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
Cambridge Daily News, Tuesday, 28 August 1917
Cambridge Daily News, Monday, 12 April 1920

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

Rose Margaret Bennett; Louisa Mary Ann Lawrence; Richard Nixon