CFHS code : HT613

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED KIRKUP d 15 March 1931 aged 69 also of his son Cpl ALFRED WILLIAM KIRKUP 1st Cambridgeshire Regt killed in action at Tower Hamlets 26 Sept 1917 aged 27 also his wife ALICE d 3 May 1955 aged 87

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon  : 52.201966 0.13764536 – click here for location

Kirkup grave - restored
Kirkup monument after restoration


This headstone with kerb stones, is in the parish area of Holy Trinity.


[taken from the transcript of the CFHS]

‘In loving memory of Alfred Kirkup
died 15 March 1931 aged 69’

‘Also of his son Cpl Alfred William Kirkup 1st Cambridgeshire Regt
killed in action at Tower Hamlets 26 Sept 1917 aged 27’

‘Also his wife Alice died 3 May 1955 aged 87’

Alfred William Kirkup (1890 – 1917)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Alfred was born in 1890. He was the second of nine children of Alfred and Alice Kirkup (née Morley). Alfred worked as a draper’s assistant and worked for Cambridge and District Co-Operative Society Limited. He enlisted along with his four brothers in the 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Three of them had consecutive regimental numbers. Alfred was a Private (2354) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment before being promoted to Corporal (325671) in the 1st Battalion, the Cambridgeshire Regiment.  How he died is unclear but according to the battalion war diary they were attacking a German strong point known as ‛Joist Redoubt’ across heavily shelled and boggy ground and suffered 30 killed and 132 wounded that day. His body was never found.

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There is another family grave in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, recording the deaths of Olivena Kirkup (née Laughton) and her husband, Garnet Richard Kirkup, in 1913 and 1946 respectively. It is not clear how this grave is related, but both families are related to Kirkups in the Holy Trinity parish of Cambridge.

Alfred Kirkup (1861–1931)

Alfred was born in 1861 in Cambridge. He was one of at least nine children born to William Kirkup and Ruth Kirkup (née Brooks). He was baptised on 9 May 1861 at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge. The family grew up at 79 King Street, Cambridge. Like his father Alfred became a chimney sweeper. Alfred married Alice Morley in 1889 in Cambridge. They had nine children including Alfred William Morley Kirkup. The family lived at 75 King Street, Cambridge. Alfred died on 15 March 1931 in Cambridge.

Alice Kirkup (née Morley) (c1868–1955)

Alice was born in about 1868 in Isleham, Cambridgeshire. She was one of at least four children born to John Morley and Esther Morley (née Bowd). She was baptised on 17 May 1868 at Isleham. Her father was a carpenter. He died when she was a child. The family lived in Isleham including at The Pit. Her mother remarried to an Arthur Whitehand. He was a widower with a young son and he worked as a railway labourer. Meanwhile, Alice married Alfred Kirkup in 1889 in Cambridge. They had nine children including Alfred William Morley Kirkup. Alice died on 3 May 1955 in Cambridge.

War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919

Private communication from Ian Dann

By Mary Naylor, Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Alfred Kirkup; Alfred William Kirkup; Alice Kirkup