CFHS code : ED23

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of MARY ANN HOLLY the beloved wife of WILLIAM ROBINSON d Jan 24 1906 aged 64 also of WILLIAM ROBINSON husband of the above d Aug 6 1914 aged 76 side 2 In Loving Memory of FLORENCE HOLLY COCKERTON d Feb 13 1917 aged 54 also of JOHN COCKERTON killed in action in France Nov 9 1914 aged 23 also of HUGH AUBREY COCKERTON on active service died in hospital in France Oct 2 1916 aged 17

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203147, 0.13746789 – click here for location

Cockerton grave
Cockerton headstone
Cockerton inscriptions
Cockerton inscriptions


Headstone, with triangular top, with inscriptions on both sides, in the parish area of St Edward, located four rows to the west of the central path, north of the centre circle.

[side 1:]

‘In loving memory of Mary Ann Holly,
the beloved wife of William Robinson
who died Jan 24 1906 aged 64 years.’
“Her children rise up and call her blessed.”

‘Also of William Robinson, husband of the above,
who died Aug 6 1914, aged 76 years.’
“He giveth his beloved sleep.”

[side 2:]

‘In loving memory of Florence Holly Cockerton
died Feb 13 1917, aged 54.’

‘Also of John Cockerton,
killed in action in France Nov 9 1914, aged 23.’

‘Also of Hugh Aubrey Cockerton, on active service,
died in hospital in France Oct 2 1916, aged 17.’

Hugh Aubrey Cockerton (1899‒1916)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Hugh was born in 1899 in Norwood, Surrey. He was one of eight children born to John Richard Reilly Cockerton and Florence Holly Cockerton (née Robinson).

John Richard William Cockerton (1891‒1914)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

John was born in 1891 in Gipsy Hill, Norwood, Surrey. He was baptised at Christ Church, Norwood on 7 February 1892. John was one of eight children born to John Richard Reilly Cockerton and Florence Holly Cockerton (née Robinson).

William Robinson (1838–1914)

William was born on 1 July 1838 in Cambridge. He was the second of at least four children born to William Waters Robinson and Mary Ann Robinson (née Culham). Both father and son were farmers and butchers. Their butcher’s shop was at 13 Bene’t Street, Cambridge. Coincidentally, one of William senior’s employees was a John Cockerton. John’s son, John Richard Reilly Cockerton, went on to marry William junior’s daughter, Florence Holly Robinson. Meanwhile, William junior married Mary Ann Holly Emmerson on 16 October 1862 at St Anne’s, Limehouse, London. They went on to have eight children. William died on 6 August 1914 in Cambridge.

Mary Ann Holly Robinson (née Emmerson) (1841–1906)

Mary was born in 1841 in Cambridge. She was one of at least seven children born to William Henry Emmerson and Mary Holly Emmerson (née Barker). Her father was a baker. Mary died on 24 January 1906 in Cambridge.

Florence Holly Cockerton (née Robinson) (1863–1917)

Florence was born in 1863 in Cambridge. She was the eldest of the eight children of William Robinson and Mary Ann Holly Robinson (née Emmerson). Florence married John Richard Reilly Cockerton in 1886 in Cambridge. He was a butcher like his father. His father had worked for his wife’s paternal grandfather, William Robinson (see above). Florence and John had eight children including John Richard William Cockerton and Hugh Aubrey Cockerton. The family lived at 35 Gipsy Road, Norwood, Surrey and then 34 Klondike Road, Streatham, London. John died on 19 April 1906 in Croydon, Surrey. He was buried in West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium. After his death Florence and her children moved back to Cambridge and lived at 5 Gothic Street. She died on 17 February 1917 in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

(1) War Graves Photographic Project
(2) War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales National Probate Calendar, 1858 – 1966
UK, City and County Directories, 1766 – 1946
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813 – 1980

By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent

Florence Holly Cockerton; Hugh Aubrey Cockerton; John Richard William Cockerton; Mary Ann Holly Robinson: William Robinson