CFHS code : ED69

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : ISRO LEN JAY my dearest husband d April 20 1924 age 42 also MARTHA ELIZABETH DESSENT d Feb 18 1939 age 69

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203138, 0.13701374 – click here for location

The kerb stones after clearance by friends of the family – February 2019

The kerb stones and inscription are intact although their position under a large bush means they are often hidden from view.


In Sacred Remembrance Of
LEN JAY my dearest husband died April 20 1924 age 42 years,

Also MARTHA ELIZABETH DESSENT died Feb 18 1939 age 69 years

Relationship: Son in Law and Mother in Law

Frank Leonard Jay (c 1881- 1924)

Leonard Jay was probably born in North Aylesford, Kent. He became an engineer. It is also possible that he married Sarah Ellen Humphrey in 1899 and had twochildren. Sarah died in 1914 in Kent.

He married Dorothy Ada Dessent in 1915 in Keighley, Yorks.hire.  They had a daughter in December of that year. By 1920 they had moved to Cambridge where they lived at The Bell in Peas Hill, which is where he died.

His widow married Oscar James Andrews in 1927 and went to live at 83 Mill Road and then 17 Madras Road. She died in 1989 in Northamptonshire at the age of 94.

Martha Elizabeth Dessent née Smith (c1870 – 1939)
Martha was born in Colchester. She married Elijah Dessent in 1892 in Essex. They had five children and eventually settled in Keighley. After her husband’s death, in 1936, she presumably moved to Cambridge to be near her daughter and died in Mill Road infirmary.

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Martha Elizabeth Dessent; Frank Leonard Jay