CFHS code : HT350

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT husband of EMMA NEWLING b 3 Jan 1870 d 25 March 1932 In Loving Memory of my dear wife EMMA NEWLING d July 31 1928 aged 54 beloved mother TTDMO ARCHIBALD JAMES NEWLING d March 1921 aged 28

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Robert Newling (3 January 1870 – 25 March 1932)

Robert was born in Haslingfield and was the son of William Prime (1834-1870) and Emma (née Wilmott) (1834-1907). Emma had previously been married to Thomas Newling (1826-1859), and all her children from her second marriage took the surname Newling rather than Prime.  His father died shortly after he was born and he grew up in Haslingfield with his steamstress mother and siblings.  Aged 21 Robert was working as a coprolite digger and married Emma Grant in 1892. The couple had five children: Archibald James (1892-1921), Harry John (1894-1986), Elsie Grace (1896-1980),  Hilda Florence (1898-1980),  and Margaret Mary Grant (1911-1993). They started married life living at Church Street, Harston where Robert was a coal  merchant and also where their four eldest children were born.

Newspaper advert 1902

In 1902 he took over an existing business run from 9 Norfolk Street and by 1911 the family were living at  4 John Street, Cambridge. In January 1907 Robert was fined £2 and costs for ‘selling coal in less quantities than represented’ at the Rock Estate, Hills Road.  Mr Bellamy the County Inspector of Weights and Measures said he had found a shortage of 58lb in ten sacks.  Robert Newling said he could not account for the shortage and that he ‘did not weigh the coal himself but left it to his man’.

A Newling cart delivering coal

He died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 62 years old and his funeral took place on 29 March.

Emma Newling (née Grant) (1874 – 31 July 1928)

Emma was also born in Haslingfield, the daughter of John James Grant (1849-1875) and Sarah (née Northrop) (1847-1905). Her father died when she was a baby and she grew up with her grandmother in Harston.  Aged 17 Emma was working as a cook for farmer/coal merchant Thomas Hays and his family, which is perhaps how she met her future husband. Emma died at 4 John Street.

Archibald James Newling (23 May 1892 – 8 March 1921)

Archie Newling

Archie was the Robert and Emma’s eldest child and was born in Harston. In 1911, he was 21 and assisting his father in the coal business. In June 1913 he emigrated to Canada aboard a ship named ‘The Victorian’. It left from Liverpool, bound for Quebec and Montreal and Archie was noted as being a salesman on the shipping records. He worked as a clerk in Canada and enlisted in the Canadian army on 10 October 1914 in Quebec.  Archie served with the 16th Batallion, Canadian Expeditionary ForceHe caught influenza at the end of the war and was a patient at the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge from 20 December 1918 to 3 January 1919, before being sent to another military hospital in Epsom for a futher two weeks. After being discharged he appears to have returned to live at 4 John Street (at least 1919 onwards) and died there aged 28 years old. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 11 March 1921.




Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen


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Archibald James Newling; Emma Newling; Robert Newling