CFHS code : AL612

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of FANNY HOLMES d Mar 15 1916 aged 83 also HENRY HOLMES husband of the above d April 29 1916 aged 82 also HERBERT ERNEST HOLMES d Mar 29 1927 aged 59

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Holmes headstone September 2018


In the parish area of St Andrew the Less, this headstone in located four graves to the north of the north path near the corner of the north west wall.


Sacred to the Memory of FANNY HOLMES who departed this life
March 15 1916 aged 83 years

Also HENRY HOLMES husband of the above who died April 29 1916 aged 82 years

Also HERBERT ERNEST HOLMES died Mar 29 1927 aged 59 years

Fanny Holmes (née Moore) (c 1833 – 1916)

Fanny was born in Werrington, Peterborough or Warrington Northamptonshire. She was the daughter of Joseph, a stone mason. It is not known when she came to Cambridge.

She married Henry Holmes at Holy Trinity church, in the centre of Cambridge, on April 15th 1857. They had at least ten children:  Caroline Ann (b 1858), Henry James (1860-1860), Sarah Elizabeth, (b 1863), Fanny Frisby (b 1865), Grace Helen (b 1867) Herbert Ernest (b 1868), Susanna [Maud] (b 1870), James Henry (b 1873), Richard John (1874-1875), and Florence K (b 1877)

All the children were brought up at 22 Eden Street. In 1881 Henry and Fanny were living in Trumpington Street.

Henry Holmes (d 1916) 

Henry was born in the village of Bourn in Cambridgeshire. His father James, an agricultural labourer, was born in Dunton, Bedfordshire and his mother, Susan, in Chesterton.

Herbert Ernest Holmes (1868 – 1927)  

Herbert was the sixth child of Henry and Fanny. He became a printer compositor and married Ellen Jane Curson in Wandsworth in 1892. By 1901 they were living in Wimbledon with their three children;  Grace E (b 1894), Henry R (b 1897) and Doris M M (b 1899).  A fourth child, Ernest (b 1906) was living with his mother and sisters in 1911 and Ellen was working as a dressmaker.

Herbert died in Cambridge.

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Fanny Holmes; Henry Holmes; Herbert Ernest Holmes