CFHS code : MG200

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of NELLY the beloved wife of JOHN P HARPER d Feb 7 1922 aged 40 also of JOHN PERCIVAL HARPER d Jan 19th 1938 aged 61 flowerholder RALPH

Monument : Stone cross/Coped stone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202095, 0.13798813 – click here for location

Harper grave
Harper monument


Located to the west of the east path midway between the south path and the east/west path. Just north of a large tree. Sadly the cross has fallen and only one inscription could be read. We did not see a coped stone or the kerb stones in 2017 when the photograph was taken. The metal letters of the inscription are well preserved.

It is believed that the flower holder may be from another grave.


In Loving Memory of NELLY the beloved wife of JOHN P HARPER died Feb. 7 1922 aged 40 years

” .. which have believed do enter into rest.”

Also of JOHN PERCIVAL HARPER d Jan 19th 1938 aged 61

Flowerholder RALPH

Nelly Harper (née Jacob) (1881 – 7 February 1922)

Nelly was born in Newmarket and was the daughter of Robert and Lucy Jacob.  Her father was a publican and ran the Bull Inn in the town, and her mother Lucy had been born in Bangalore, India.  Aged 20, Nelly was living in Walton-le-Dale in Lancashire and working as a governess in the household of soap manufacturer Caleb Margerison.  She married John Harper in Cambridge in 1910.  They had one son: John Robert (1910-1984) and lived at 18 Milford Street (1915) and then at 5 Hooper Street (1920).  Nelly died at Hooper Street aged 40 years old.

John Percival Harper (1877 – 19 January 1938)

John was born in Ealing, and was the son of William and Mary Harper.  William Harper was a plumber, and John grew up in Ealing (1881), Church Street, Cambridge (1891) and 137 Gwydir Street (1901).   John became a plumber like his father and lived with his widowed mother before marrying Nelly Jacob in 1910 when he was c.32 years old.  After he was widowed, he married for a second time in 1923 to Louisa Charlotte Jane Coles (1887-1971).  The couple went to live at Crendon, Shelford Road in Trumpington.  John died there aged 61 years old.



by Claire Martinsen

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John Percival Harper; Nelly Harper; Ralph Harper