CFHS code : MG196

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JESS THOMPSON d 13 July 1921 aged 36 (NB this may be in Holy Trinity)

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Thompson grave
Thompson kerb stones



Jess Thompson (1884 – 13 July 1921)

Jess was the son of  Walter John Thompson and Mary. He grew up on Hemingford Road and his father worked as a carpenter.   Aged 16 Jess was working as a carpenter’s apprentice and living at home with his parents and two brothers (1901). He married Ada Garland (1885 – 1926) on 2 December 1905 and they had three children: Violet Ada (1908-1983) and twins Sidney Jess (1911-1911) and Mary Ann (1911-1911) both of whom died aged c.6 months old. From 11 August 1910 until his death Jess was hospitalised at Fulbourn Hospital and died aged 36 years old.

In September 1919 Ada Thompson was charged with falsely procuring a marriage certificate.  She had attempted to marry Frederick Burnham, claiming that  she was a widow and Jess had died four years earlier.  The marriage did not go ahead and in court Ada said ‘I am very sorry. I thought it was all settled. We are living together so comfortable and happy together’.  She  evenutally married Frederick Burnham in 1921 after Jess had died.



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Jess Thompson