CFHS code : AS154

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ARTHUR FREDERICK LOFTS who was a Councillor of this Borough for 18 years d 24 July 1950 age 56 also his wife HILDA MAY LOFTS d 7 April 1969

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203439, 0.13675014 – click here for location

This small headstone is partially hidden by undergrowth but the inscription is still clear. Photo October 2016.
Lofts headstone October 2016

Monument

This headstone with kerb stones, in the parish area of All Saints, is located on the second row west of the west path just before it bends to the east. It is partially hidden by undergrowth but the inscription is still clear.

Inscription

‘In Loving Memory of ARTHUR FREDERICK LOFTS who was a Councillor of this Borough for 18 years d 24th July 1950 age 56 years.

Also his wife HILDA MAY LOFTS died 7th April 1969.’

“Rest In Peace”

Arthur Frederick Lofts (22 April 1894 – 24 July 1950)

Arthur was the only child of William and Eliza Lofts.  His father was a builder and he grew up at 14 Willis Road. In 1911 he was a ‘builders pupil’ working alongside his father, however he became an estate agent, auctioneer and surveyor as an occupation.  He married Hilda Aves in around 1922 (no exact date can be found) and they lived at 4 Trafalgar Road (1925), 164 Huntingdon Road (1935;1939) and 30 Gilbert Road (at least 1945 onwards).

The Estate agency business operated from several locations throughout the city – 68 St Andrew Street, 24 Petty Cury, an auction house on East Road, 246 Milton Road.   Arthur also served as a Councillor for Market Ward and his name appears frequently in newspapers of the time in relation to his council work.  In September 1939 he wrote a published letter to the editor of the Cambridge Daily News entitled A.R.P. services and it went on to say ‘considerable discussion seems to be taking place in this town on the above matter.  As a qualified air raid warden I am one amongst many who is giving his services voluntarily to his country and have no desire to receive payment for this service. Some of us are on duty all night [8 hours shift].  Wardens are receiving anonymous communications from embers of the public on the matter.  These correspondents would be doing their country a better service if they gave their spare time to their country by training for A.R.P services’.

Arthur and Hilda are not thought to have had any children and he died at 30 Gilbert Road aged 56 years old.

Hilda May Lofts (nee Aves) (28 April 1897 – 7 April 1969)

Hilda was the daughter of Edward and Mary Ann Aves. Her father was a printer and she grew up at 4 David Street. Edward Aves died when she was seven years old, and her mother became a lodging house keeper, running a house at 15 Earl Street. It is believed that Hilda was part of the Women’s Royal Air Force from November 1917 for the duration of the war. Her brother, Company Sgt Major Edward Aves, died during the War in April 1918.

She married Arthur Lofts and continued to live at 30 Gilbert Road after his death.  She died at home in April 1969.

Sources:
Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

Arthur Frederick Lofts; Hilda May Lofts