CFHS code : HS111
Parish : Holy Sepulchre
Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALBERT EDWARD THURSTON d Dec 7 1932 age 27 also Sapper ARTHUR THURSTON drowned in Egypt Dec 31 1917 age 22 also MINNIE THURSTON beloved wife of F THURSTON d June 12 1940 age 68 also FREDERICK ARTHUR THURSTON d Sept 26 1944 age 73
Monument : Headstone/Stone cross/Flowerholder
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202323, 0.13827716 – click here for location
This imposing red marble, art-deco headstone (with decorative design) and kerb stones with flower-holder in the parish area of Holy Sepulchre (the Round Church) is located to the west side, three rows back, of the eastern path, south of the path from the centre circle to the eastern path.
‘In loving memory of Albert Edward Thurston
who fell asleep Dec 7 1932 aged 27 years’
‘Also Sapper Arthur Thurston
drowned in Egypt Dec 31 1917 aged 22 years R. I. P.’
‘Also Minnie Thurston beloved wife of F. Thurston
departed June 12 1940 aged 68 years’
‘Also Frederick Arthur Thurston
died Sep 26 1944 aged 73 years’
Arthur Thurston (1895‒1917) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Arthur was born in 1895 in Cambridge. He was the eldest of seven children born to Frederick Thurston and Minnie Thurston (née Harding). Before the war he worked as an apprentice pastry cook. He enlisted at Cambridge as Sapper (217779) in the 98th Light Railway Train Crew Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. On 30 December the Aragon, a ship transporting soldiers to the port at Alexandria in Egypt was torpedoed two miles from her destination. A destroyer going to her aid was also torpedoed. The following day on New Year’s Eve the troopship Osmanieh transporting troops ‒ including Arthur Thurston ‒ and medical staff was also approaching Alexandria. A German submarine, UC-34 (Horst Obermüller) had left a mine at the entrance to the harbour. The Osmanieh hit the mine and sank. There were 199 casualties including Arthur. At the time of his death Arthur was engaged to be married.
Frederick Arthur Thurston (c.1871‒1944)
Frederick was born in about 1871 in Chelsea, London. He married Minnie Harding on 30 November 1894 in the Register Office, Cambridge. At the time of their marriage he was living at 7 St Matthew’s Street, Cambridge. The couple had seven children: Arthur (1895‒1917), Reginald (1896‒1971), Leslie (1899‒1983), Frederick (1901‒52), Albert Edward (1905‒32), Minnie Evelyn (1909‒98) and Maurice Archie (1911‒2005). Frederick worked as a College porter. The family lived at 85 Sturton Street and then 24 Stockwell Street (Romsey Town), Cambridge. Frederick died on 26 September 1944 in Cambridge. His last known address was 9 Mount Pleasant, Cambridge.
Minnie Thurston (née Harding) (1871‒1940)
Minnie was born in 1871 in Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire. She was one of at least five children born to George Harding and Ann Harding. Her father worked as a coal porter. He brought his family up at Parker’s Terrace (off East Road) and 5 Gwydir Street, Cambridge. Minnie married Frederick Arthur Thurston on 30 November 1894 in the Register Office, Cambridge. They had seven children: Arthur (1895‒1917), Reginald (1896‒1971), Leslie (1899‒1983), Frederick (1901‒52), Albert Edward (1905‒32), Minnie Evelyn (1909‒98) and Maurice Archie (1911‒2005). Minnie died on 12 June 1940 in Cambridge.
Albert Edward Thurston (1905‒32)
Albert was born in 1905 in Cambridge. He was the fifth of seven children of Frederick Arthur Thurston and Minnie Thurston (née Harding). He died from peritonitis just a fortnight after his marriage to Violet G. Braford on 7 December 1932 in Cambridge (see wedding photograph).
The War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914–1921
Web: International, Find a Grave Index
The Times, 31 January 1918
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 27 December 1918
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 3 January 1919
Communications from June Jessop, Arthur Thurston’s niece
This grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent