CFHS code : HT277

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HARRIET HONES d Sept 28th 1930 aged 63 also of THOMAS HONES d July 24th 1938 aged 74 also MABEL daughter of the above d Jun 30th 1943 aged 45

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Hones monument August 2018


Located close to the south wall not far from the central path, in the parish area of Holy Trinity. The left kerb has fallen.


In Loving Memory of HARRIET HONES who passed away Sept. 28th 1930 aged 63 years

Also of THOMAS HONES who died July 24th 1938 aged 74 years


Also MABEL daughter of the above who died June 30th 1943 aged 45 years

“She is not dead but sleeping.”

Harriet Hones  (née Aylett) (1867 – 28 September 1930)

Harriet was born in Harwick and baptised there on 30 June 1867. She was the daughter of agricultural labourer William and Sarah Ann (née Ward) Aylett.  Aged 13 Harriet was working as a nursemaid at 53 Sidney Street for draper John Amps and his wife Julia and she married Thomas Hones in London on 2 August 1891. The couple  had three daughters: Dorothy May (1894-1975), Daisy (1895-1978) and Mabel (1897-1943).

The family lived at 6 Cromwell Road (1901) and then at 16 Malcolm Street (1911) and Thomas worked as a college servant. In March 1903 the couple appeared as witnesses in the inquest into the death of Thomas’ brother Arthur Hones.  He had lodged with the family and worked as a ‘carman’ [delivery driver] for Mr Bell. Arthur poisoned himself and Harriet said she had noticed that he  had been suffering ‘dreadfully bad with his head’.  The jury decided that Arthur had died ‘through taking poison during temporary insanity’. Harriet and Thomas also ran a lodging house from Malcolm Street and  she died aged 63 years old.

Thomas Hones (1864 – 24 July  1938)

Thomas was born in Haslingfield and baptised there on 1 May 1864. He was the son of fossil digger Wyatt Hones and his wife Maria. By the age of 17 Thomas was also working as a fossil digger. When he married Harriet Aylett in 1891 he was working as a labourer.  He was widowed in 1930 and by at least 1935 was living at 78 Walnut Tree Avenue.  He  died at home aged 74 years old.

Mabel Doust (née Hones) (1897  –  30 June 1943)

Mabel was  the youngest child of Harriet and Thomas and worked as a telephonist for the Post Office from October 1922.  She married Reginald Doust (1899-1986) in 1929 and the couple went to live at 23 Cambridge Road in Southend, Essex. Mabel died at the Runwell  Emergency Hospital near Wickford aged 45 years old.



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Mabel Doust; Harriet Hones; Thomas Hones