CFHS code : PL488

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CAROLINE JANE the beloved wife of ELIAS LAKE DUNN d March 27th 1908 aged 64 also ALBERT EDWIN son of the above Colour Sergt F Company Northumberland Fusiliers who died of enteric fever at Peshawar India May 18th 1908 age 32

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Although the headstone is intact many of the letters of the inscription are missing. Photo September 2016.
Dunn headstone September 2016

Monument

This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul is intact, but many of the letters of the inscription are missing.

Inscription

‘In Loving Memory of Caroline Jane the beloved wife of Elias Lake Dunn
who departed this life March 27th 1908 aged 64 years.’

‘Deeply lamented’

“safe in the arms of Jesus”

‘Also Albert Edwin son of the above Colour Sergt F Company Northumberland Fusiliers
who died of enteric fever at Peshawar India May 18th 1908 age 32

Caroline Jane Dunn (née Clare) ( 1843 – 27 March 1908)

Caroline was born in Beaminster in Dorset and was the daughter of Robert and Caroline Clare.  She was baptised on 7 May 1843.  Both her parents were handloom weavers and Caroline grew up  in Allington, Dorset.  Aged 18 she was living with her widowed mother in Bridport, and was working as a twine spinner.  She married Elias Lake Dunn in Bridport in 1862.  Elias  (1842-1921) had also grown up in Allington and was a seaman when they married. The couple had at least five children: Herbert John (1863-), George Elias (1867-1876), William (1870-), Ada Caroline (1871-1921) and Albert Edwin (1875-1908).

They had moved to London by at least 1870 and  Elias worked as a police constable for the Metropolitan Police.  In 1871 the family were living at 27 East Street, and in 1871 at 31 Brown Street.  He was retired on medical grounds in March 1887, due to injuries received on the job.  After retirement Elias and Caroline moved to Ickleton in Cambridgeshire and were running the Jolly Butchers Pub in the village in 1891.  By 1901 they had moved to Cambridge and were running the Crystal Palace Pub on Mill Road. Caroline died at 52 Mill Road aged 65 years old.

Elias was living with his daughter Ada Caroline and her family when the census of 1911 was taken.  He married spinster Emma Smith (1852-) on 27 February 1913 at Upminster in Essex, and died at Castle Hedingham in December 1921 aged 79 years old.

Albert Edwin Dunn (1875 – 18 May 1908)

Albert was the youngest son of Elias and Caroline Dunn.  He was born in New Malden in Surrey.  He enlisted in the army on 7 May 1895, and was working as a seaman prior to enlistment.  He was a colour sergeant with the 1st Batallion Northumberland Fusilliers, and died in India aged 32 years old.  He died six weeks after his mother Caroline.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

By Claire Martinsen

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Albert Edwin Dunn; Caroline Jane Dunn