CFHS code : AG473

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of My dear husband ARTHUR JAMES KETTLE d 18.9.1905 aged 45 also CAROLINE wife of the above d 19.10.1940 aged 82

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Kettle headstone May 2017



‘In Loving Memory of my dear husband ARTHUR JAMES KETTLE who passed away
Sep. 18.1905 aged 45 years.’

“The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy”

Also CAROLINE wife of the above who died Oct 19.1940.  Aged 82 years.

Arthur James Kettle (1860 – 18 September 1905)

Arthur was the son of Samuel and Eliza Kettle.  His mother died when he was 8 years old, and he became a college cook like his father.   He married Caroline Barton at St. Lukes’s Church in December 1883 and they settled at 89 Victoria Road. In 1901 were living with two domestic servants and Arthur was college cook at St. Catherine’s College.  He died ‘suddenly’ aged 45 years old.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘Mr Kettle..was well known in Cambridge..he took no part in public life, but was a member of the Cambridge Conservative Club’.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 20 September.

Caroline Wheatley (née Barton) (20 February 1859 – 19 October 1940)

Caroline was born in Norwich and baptised there on 20 March 1859. She was the only child of  George and Lucy Barton and by 1871 the family had moved to Cambridge.  George was a railway porter who later became a brewer’s clerk. The family lived at 25 Eden Street (1871) and then at 3 Victoria Road (1881).  Caroline worked as a milliner before marrying Arthur Kettle in 1883.

She married for a second time to Harry Wheatley at St Luke’s Church on 19 October 1907.  The Cambridge Independent Press described it as a ‘pretty, though quiet wedding’.  The couple moved to London, but by 1939 Caroline had been widowed for a second time and was living in Camberwell on her own.  She died in Camberwell aged  81 years old (though her grave monument states her aged as 82 years).



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by Claire Martinsen

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Arthur James Kettle; Caroline Wheatley