CFHS code : HS101

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : Ever Loving Memory of PHILIP THURLEY d Dec 3 1911 age 29 also ADA HOLDER (nee THURLEY) d Nov 19 1921 age 36

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Philip Thurley (c.1882 – 3 December 1911)

Philip was the son of John and Jane Thurley and was born in Clerkenwell, London.  He grew up on Farringdon Road in Clerkenwell and his father worked as a brewery drayman (1891) but the family had moved to Brookside, Mill Road by 1901.  John and Jane Thurley were originally from Cambridge, and in 1901 John was working as an agricultural labourer and Philip as a carpenter’s apprentice.

Philip married Ada Lank in 1908 and they had one daughter: Edna Ada (1909-1976).  They lived at 26 Belgrave Road and Philip continued to work as a carpenter.  He died at home aged 29 years old.

Ada Holder (née Lank) (c.1885 – 19 November 1921)

Ada was the daughter of George and Charlotte Lank and grew up at 9 Belgrave Road. Her father worked as a railway  guard for Great Eastern Railway.  By the age of 16 Ada was working as a dressmaker, and married Philip Thurley when she was 23 years old.

She married  for a second time in 1916 widower Harrison John Holder (1874-1944).  They had one daughter Jean A T (1921-) and Ada is believed to have died as a result of complications of childbirth.



by Claire Martinsen

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Ada Holder; Philip Thurley