CFHS code : MG59

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of a dear husband and father ERNEST GEORGE SHARPE d 12th April 1960 aged 78 also a beloved wife and mother NORA GRACE SHARPE d 13th Jan 1983 aged 90 and of a dear son and brother HUBERT ERNEST SHARPE d 18th Feb 1932 aged 14 flower holder To our dear son HUBERT also my dear husband ERNEST

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202199, 0.13767119 – click here for location


We have no photograph of this grave. It is probably in a large bush thirteen rows east of the central path.


Ernest (Ernie) George Sharpe (1 February 1882 – 12 April  1960)

Ernie and Nora Sharpe with daughter Kath (Nora and Ernie centre, Kath at the front)

Ernie was the son of Charles and Mary and was born in Cambridge but aged 9 was living in Ely where his father was a railway porter for Great Eastern Railway (G.E.R).  Charles Sharpe later worked as a furniture dealer and the family lived at 5 Hooper Street (1901) and 94 Newmarket Road (1911). Ernie was a printer/compositor and married Nora  Phillips on 17 June 1915 in Ousden, Suffolk.  The couple had two children: Hubert Ernest Charles (1917-1932) and Kathleen Florence Nora (1920-2010) and lived at 17a Gwydir Street (to at least 1925) and then 190 Histon Road.

Ernie served as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery in the War and then continued to work as a master printer after the war. He died at Histon Road aged 78 years old.

Nora Grace Sharpe  (née Phillips) (27 February 1892 – 13 January 1983)

Nora was born in Ousden, six miles west of Bury St. Edmunds. She was the daughter of William and Kate and her father was a horsekeeper on a farm.  In 1911 she was living at 3 Downing Terrace and was a domestic servant to solicitor John Fish Symonds before marrying Ernie Sharpe when she was 23 years old.

Her brother William was killed in 1917 whilst a soldier in the first world war, and her father William died in Newmarket of gangrene after suffering a work accident in 1918.  190 Histon Road was turned into a nursing home (Fair Rose Rest Home) and Nora died in Cottenham aged 90 years old.

Hubert Ernest Charles Sharpe (19 July 1917 – 18 February 1932)

Hubert was the only son of Ernie and Nora and died aged 14 years old.



by Claire Martinsen

Many Thanks for BP, descendent of William Phillips for additional infomation and photo of the family

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Ernest George Sharpe; Hubert Ernest Sharpe; Nora Grace Sharpe