CFHS code : ED58a changed to ED58b

Parish: St Edward

Lat Lon : 52.203197, 0.13717760

Thompson headstone 2017


Small headstone or Scroll. Many years ago this stone was moved from its original site and placed within the kerb stones of John Evans’ grave marker which is two plots to the south. The grave record shows these two graves to be in the same row with one other unmarked grave between them.


In Ever Loving Memory of SEPTIMUS THOMPSON died Jan 29th 1915 aged 74 years

Also his wife JANE THOMPSON died March 14th 1934 aged 83 years


Septimus Thompson (1839 – 29 January 1915)

Septimus was the son of Hosea and Susanna Thompson, and was born in Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire.  Hosea was an agricultural labourer. Aged 22 years old Septimus was lodging in Whittlesey and working as a communications carrier.  He married Jane Youles on 12th November 1870 in Coates.

In 1881/1891 Septimus and Jane were living at Rail Gate House in Soham, and he was working as a railway platelayer. They had at least two children together: Sarah Ann (1872-1945) and Hosea (1876-1944).

In 1901 they were at Waterside in Soham and Septimus was still working as a platelayer. By 1911 Septimus had retired and was a pensioner living at Ely House, 45 Marshall Road.  He died there in 1915.

The Cambridge Independent Press reported his death as part of the Soham local news:

‘Obituary.— We regret to record the death of Mr. Septimus Thompson, a former Soham resident, who was very well known throughout the district. For years the deceased was foreman platelayer at Soham Station, and on his retirement. 11 years ago he and his wife went live Cambridge. While in Soham Mr. Thompson was a member of the Congregational Chapel and a local preacher. His final illness was only of a few weeks’ duration, and he passed away last Friday at the age of 76’

Jane Thompson (nee Youles) (1851 – 14 March 1934)

Jane was born in Whittlesey, her parents were Jane and William Youles. William was a farm labourer. She married Septimus Thompson when she was about 19 years old.

She was widowed in 1915, and continued to live at 45 Marshall Road. She died there in 1934 aged 83 years old.

British Newspaper Archive
CFHS transcript of the grave register

by Mary Naylor and Claire Martinson

Jane Thompson; Septimus Thompson