CFHS code : MG116
Parish : St Mary the Great
Inscription : headstone Sacred to the Memory of JESSIE ELLEN WRIGHT d February 14th 1935 in her 62nd year also of WILLIAM HENRY WRIGHT d Feb 15th 1938 aged 64 kerbs: WILLIAM JAMES WRIGHT fell in action in France Oct 9th 1917 / LEONARD ARTHUR WRIGHT fell in action in France Oct 23rd 1917
Monument : Kerb stones/Stone cross (fallen)/Flowerholders x 2
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202147, 0.13807845 – click here for location
This open book with kerb stones and three flower holders, in the parish area of St Mary the Great, is located five rows west of the eastern path, south of the path running from the centre circle to the eastern path.
‘Sacred to the memory of Jessie Ellen Wright
who passed away February 14th 1935 in her 62nd year’
“Thy will be done”
‘Also of William Henry Wright died Feb 15th 1938 aged 64 years’
‘William James Wright fell in action in France Oct 9th 1917’
‘Leonard Arthur Wright fell in action in France Oct 23rd 1917’
William James Wright (1893–1917) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
William was born in 1893 in Cambridge. He was one of five children born to William Henry Wright and Jessie Ellen Wright (née Wright). William became a shop clerk for a china dealer. He enlisted in Cambridge as Private (4457) in the Cambridgeshire Regiment before being transferred as Private (352959) in the 2/9th Battalion Territorial Forces of the Manchester Regiment. He was killed in action on 9 October 1917.
William Henry Wright (1873–1938)
William was born in 1873 in Cambridge. He was one of at least seven children born to Henry Wright and Jane Wright (née Pepper). His father worked as a baker, greengrocer and a gardener. The family grew up in Grantchester Street and then 19 Coronation Street, Cambridge. William became a postman. He married Jessie Ellen Wright (née Wright) in 1893 in Cambridge. It is not clear if they were related despite Jessie’s maiden name being the same as her married name. William and Jessie had five children including William James Wright and Leonard Arthur Wright. They lived at 9 and then 1 Cross Street (Petersfield), Cambridge. William died on 15 February 1938 in Cambridge.
Jessie Ellen Wright (née Wright) (c1873–1935)
Jessie was born in about 1873 in Cambridge. She was one of at least two children born to James Wright and Sarah Elizabeth Wright (née Samuell). She was baptised on 27 April 1873 at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge. At the time of her baptism the family were living at 32 Union Terrace (now Mawson Road, Petersfield), Cambridge. Her father was a carpenter from Attleborough, Norfolk. The family moved from East Anglia to London and back again. They lived at 30 Spencer Road, Tottenham, London before returning to 3 Caius Terrace (off Glisson Road, Petersfield), Cambridge. Jessie married William Henry Wright in 1893 in Cambridge. They had five children including William James Wright and Leonard Arthur Wright. Jessie died on 14 February 1935 in Cambridge.
Leonard Arthur Wright (1898–1917) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Leonard was born in 1898 in Cambridge. He was one of five children born to William Henry Wright and Jessie Ellen Wright (née Wright). Leonard enlisted at Cambridge as Private (34437) in the Suffolk Regiment before being transferred as Rifleman (S/20542) in the 9th (Service) Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). He was killed in action on 23 October 1917.
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
Web: International, Find A Grave Index
Note: 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