CFHS code : AG276

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Memory of ELIZABETH JANE wife of MARCUS D BRADFORD d Oct 21 1898 and of her son AR (ROY) BRADFORD Lieut of the Cambs Regt killed in action in France Oct 15 1916 aged 22

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203001, 0.13643861 – click here for location

Bradford - site of grave
Site of Bradford grave


Headstone with kerb stones, now covered with vegetation and inaccessible, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, located equidistant between the western path and the western boundary wall, just north of the path to the centre circle. The inscription given below is based on the transcription by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.


‘In memory of Elizabeth Jane
wife of Marcus D. Bradford
died Oct 21 1898’

‘And of her son A. R. (Roy) Bradford
Lieut of the Cambs Regt
killed in action in France Oct 15 1916 aged 22’

Alfred Royal Bradford (1894–1916) WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Alfred was born on 25 June 1894 in Cambridge. He was known as Roy. Roy was the eldest of two children of Marcus Dennis Bradford and Elizabeth Jane Bradford (née Mason). His parents were first cousins. His mother died when he was four years old. His father remarried in 1903 to a Katie Newens. His father and Katie went on to have three children, who were Roy’s half-siblings. His half-sibling, Marcus, eventually became Alderman and Mayor of Cambridge. Meanwhile, Roy was educated at the Perse Kindergarten, Mr R. A. A. Beresford’s Prep School, Hunstanton, Bedford Grammar School and the Perse School, Cambridge. He was admitted to the Perse School on 13 January 1903. He joined the Officers’ Training Corps whilst still at school. Roy enlisted in a Public Schools battalion on the outbreak of war and was commissioned on 12 May 1915 into the 2/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. In June 1915 he was stationed at Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. He transferred to ‘B’ Company, 1/1st Battalion on 22 July 1915. He was promoted and became machine-gun officer.

Elizabeth Jane Bradford (née Mason) (1871–1898)

Elizabeth was born in 1871 in Cambridge. She was one of eight children of Alfred Mason and Jane Charter Mason (née Bradford). Her father was a printer compositor and eventually became manager for printing at Cambridge University Press. Elizabeth grew up in Malcolm Street and 18 Mill Lane, Cambridge. Elizabeth married her maternal first cousin, Marcus Dennis Bradford, in 1893 in Cambridge. Elizabeth and Marcus had two children including Alfred Royal Bradford. Marcus took over the running of the University Arms Hotel, Regent Street, Cambridge two years before his marriage to Elizabeth. Under his direction Marcus oversaw the extension of the hotel and ensured that it was the first hotel in Cambridge to have electricity installed. He eventually bought the hotel from Jesus College. In addition, Marcus became an Alderman for Cambridge. Unfortunately, his first wife, Elizabeth, did not see the majority of her husband’s achievements. She died on 21 October 1898 in Cambridge aged 27 years.

War Graves Photographic Project
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
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754 – 1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837 – 1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916 – 2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858 – 1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 – 1919
Kelly’s Directory, Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Directory
The Pelican Magazine, The Perse School, Cambridge (July 1918)

Information kindly provided by the The Perse School, Cambridge

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Alfred Royal (Roy) Bradford; Elizabeth Jane Bradford