CFHS code : PL175

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN son of J and A RUFFLES d 26 Oct 1916 aged 2 also ALICE RUFFLES d 26 April 1961 aged 82 and JOHN RUFFLES d 11 Dec 1967 aged 88

Monument : Open Book/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in April 2022.


This monument of an open book with kerb stones is located in the parish area pf St Paul’s roughly  10 rows east of the lodge and 5 visible monuments north of the south path. The inscription of metal letters is still legible despite some small damage. The detail of the carved rope page divider is rather attractive. The kerbs, flower holder and corner posts are in place but mostly covered in grass and moss.


In Loving Memory of JOHN son of J and A RUFFLES who died 26th  Oct. 1916 aged 2 years

Also ALICE RUFFLES who died  26 April 1961 aged 82 years

And JOHN RUFFLES who died 11th Dec. 1967 aged 88 years

Peace Perfect Peace

John Arthur George Ruffles (1914 – 26 October 1916)

John was born in Cambridge and died at 134 Mill Road aged 2 years old.

Alice Ruffles (née Andrews) (15 January 1879 – 26 April 1961)

Alice was the daughter of  railway guard Jacob and Emma Andrews and grew up at 65 Sturton Street (1881/1891).  She married John Ruffles on 2 November 1904 in Bramford, Suffolk and they had at least seven children: William Ernest (1906-1984), Stanley Edward (1908-1912), Reginald Rufus (1911-1983), John Arthur George, Arthur Claude (1917-1981) and two more children who died as infants.  John was a soldier when they married, and in 1911 the family were living in Bramford, where he was working as a labourer in a manure factory. They had moved to Cambridge by 1912, as son Stanley died in Cambridge. The family lived at 134 Mill Road and then 25 Seymour Street (at least 1918-1960).

John Ruffles (9 March 1879 -11 December 1967)

John was born in Whitton, near Ispwich and was the son of George and Ann Ruffles. John (snr) was an agricultural labourer and aged 12 John (jnr) was working as a brickyard labourer and living at Whitton Street, Whitton. He joined the Suffolk Regiment in September 1897 and from his enlistment papers it is known he was 5ft,  3.8″ tall with brown hair, hazel eyes and a fresh complexion. He weighed 130 lbs (9 stone, 4lbs) when he joined, and served in Malta and South Africa before being discharged in September 1909 after 12 years military service. In 1939 he was working as a general labourer for Cambridge Corporation. His death aged 88 was registered in Ely.



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