CFHS code : AG540

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JACOB BLUNDEN d Dec 22 1911 aged 70 also MARY ANN his wife d Jan 19 1915 aged 67 also ALAN RICHARD their son killed in action in France Sep 14 1914

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203006, 0.13680256 – click here for location

Blunden grave
Blunden kerb stones

Monument

Set of kerb stones, now lichen-covered, inscription indecipherable, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, located four graves to the east of the western path a little north of the path running to the centre circle.

Inscription

‘In loving memory of Jacob Blunden
died Dec 22 1911 aged 70’

‘Also Mary Ann his wife
died Jan 19 1915 aged 67’

‘Also Alan Richard their son
killed in action in France Sep 14 1914’

Alan Richard Blunden (1882–1914) WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Alan was born in 1882 in Shenley, Barnet, Hertfordshire. He was the fourth of the five children of Jacob Blunden and Mary Ann Blunden (née Housden). Before the war Alan worked as a market gardener like his maternal grandfather. After he joined the Army his unit, the 1st Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, was stationed at Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland on 4 August 1914 before being mobilised for war.

Jacob Blunden (1841–1911)

Jacob was born in 1841 in Kingsclere, Hampshire. He was the eldest of three sons born to James Blunden and Mary Blunden (née May). His father was a sawyer and timber agent. The family moved around a lot from Hampshire to Berkshire to Gloucestershire. After Jacob’s mother died his father married a second time to Mary Day and started a new family settling in Hamworthy, Dorset. Jacob and his brothers were grown up by then and they were no longer living with their father. Meanwhile, Jacob had started work as a sawyer like his father and brothers and lived in Totnes, Devon.

However, by his late twenties he had become a police constable for the Metropolitan Police and he was living in the Police Station in Barnet, Hertfordshire. Jacob married Mary Ann Housden in 1873 in Hertfordshire. They had five children: Mary (c.1874-?); Walter Jacob (1877-1952); Elizabeth Emma (1878-1977); Alan Richard (1882-1914) and Eva Helen (1886-?). Initially, the family lived in Shenley, Barnet but at some point they moved to 9 Richmond Road, Chesterton, Cambridge where Jacob worked as a mail van driver and drew his police pension. His final address was 58 Thoday Street, Romsey Town, Cambridge. Jacob died on 22 December 1911 in Cambridge.

Mary Ann Blunden (née Housden) (1847–1915)

Mary was born in 1847 in Sandy, Bedfordshire. She was one of at least ten children born to Thomas Housden and Emma Housden (née Dilley). Her father had a succession of jobs and worked as a game keeper, agricultural labourer and a market gardener. Mary grew up in Sandy and Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire. She died on 19 January 1915 in Cambridge.

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
Census returns for England: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
BMD
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Pension Records, 1914-1920
UK, Memorial Books WWI and WWII, 1914-1945
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Web: International, Find a Grave Index

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Alan Richard Blunden; Jacob Blunden; Mary Ann Blunden