CFHS code : HT486

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MILDRED A NUTCOMBE d Jan 6 1918 aged 18 also of THOMAS ARTHUR NUTCOMBE 2nd Lieut Royal Air Force killed in France Aug 2 1918 aged 20 also of their father THOMAS HENRY NUTCOMBE d Sept 9 1935 aged 70 and of MARY ANN NUTCOMBE d April 9 1952 aged 79

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201904 0.13811067 – click here for location

Nutcombe headstone


Limestone headstone with kerb stones in the parish area of Holy Trinity. It is located to the west side of the eastern path, three rows back, under trees.


‘In loving memory of Mildred A. Nutcombe
died Jan 6 1918 aged 18 years’

‘Also of Thomas Arthur Nutcombe
2nd Lieut. Royal Air Force
killed in France Aug 2 1918 aged 20 years’

“They were lovely and pleasant in their lives,
and in death they were not divided”

‘Also of their father Thomas Henry Nutcombe
who died Sept 9 1935 aged 70 years’

‘And of Mary Ann Nutcombe
died April 9 1952 aged 79 years.’

Mildred Alice Nutcombe (1899 – 6 January 1918)

Mildred was the eldest daughter of Thomas and Mary Nutcombe and was born in Cardiff. She was baptised on 16 November 1899 in Cardiff and the family had moved to live in Cambridge by 1908. Mildred died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital ‘after a very short illness’ and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 9 January.

2nd Lieutenant Thomas Arthur (known as Arthur)  Nutcombe (21 April 1898 – 2 August 1918)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Arthur was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary and was also born in Cardiff. He was baptised on 9 June 1898. In 1911 he was living at Beche Road and documented as being a chorister at a University college (it is not known which one).  In 1917 he appeared in one of Arthur Hoppet’s Popular Concerts held at the Guildhall.

He served as  Second Lieutenant in the 101st Squadron, Royal Air Force, and East Lancashire Regiment, died of accidental injuries at the Somme, in northern France, on 2 August 1918, aged 20. The Cambridge Independent Press reported that he ‘was killed while flying in France’.

Thomas Henry Nutcombe (1865 – 9 September 1935)

Thomas was born in Cheltenham and baptised there on 25 June 1865. He was the son of William and Catherine (née Barwell) and grew up at 7 Swindon Place in Cheltenham, where his father was a carpenter. Aged 16 he was working as a grocer’s assistant and living at home.  He married Fanny Lawrence (1867-1890) on 26 December 1887 in Cheltenham, by which time he was working as a sign writer. The couple had two daughters: Katherine Lawrence (1887-1962) and Fanny Gertrude (1890-1981) and Fanny is believed to have died soon after giving birth to her second daughter.

Thomas then married Mary Postans in 1897 in Cardiff and they had four children: Thomas Arthur, Mildred Alice, Frank Ivor (1905-1984) and Winifred Mary (1911-). They started married life in Cardiff where he worked as a sign writer before moving to live at  Belvoir Road, Cambridge (1908) and then 15 Beche Road (1911). In 1911 he was working as a decorator’s foreman for a building company and in 1913 took over as landlord of the Old Abbey pub on Beche Road.

In March 1915 Thomas enlisted to serve with the 3rd Cambridge Regiment and was described as Captain Nutcombe at daughter Mildred’s funeral (although it is believed he was actually an acting Lance Corporal at this time, this might have been his rank with the Volunteer force). His army papers record that he had served with the Royal Engineer Volunteers for 5 years prior to the start of the war and that he was 5ft 6″ tall, weighing 154 lbs. He served with the Cambridgeshire Regiment, and then the Northants Regiment before being demobilised in February 1919. He died at Beche Road aged 70 years old and his funeral took place on 12 September 1935.

Mary Ann Nutcombe (née Postans) (27 March 1873 – 9 April 1952)

Mary was born in Tenbury, Worcestershire and was the daughter of Thomas and Mary. Her father was an agricultural labourer and she grew up at Brewery Cottage in Tenbury before marrying Thomas Nutcombe in 1897. In 1939 she was living at Abbeville, Newmarket Road with daughter Winifred and son-in-law Cyril Finbow. She later moved to live at 18 Priory Road, and died at The Villa, Fulbourn aged 79 years.

Sources :
War Graves Photographic Project


Newspaper archives

By Ian Bent with additional information by Claire Martinsen

Mary Ann Nutcombe; Mildred Alice Nutcombe; Thomas Arthur Nutcombe; Thomas Henry Nutcombe