CFHS code : HT485

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of MARTHA SARAH HOLMES d Nov 1st 1935 aged 71 also PHILIP HOLMES dearly beloved husband of the above d Feb 21st 1937 aged 67 kerbs WILLIAM BUTLER b Nov 8 1840 d Jan 6 1913 MARTHA BUTLER b Nov 14 1840 d May 31 1916

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationships: Mother, father, daughter and son-in-law

Martha Sarah Holmes (née Butler) (1864 – 1 November 1935)

Martha was the eldest daughter of William and Martha and was baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 29 January 1865.  She grew up at 17 George Street (1871) and Caius Street (1881). and by  the age of 18 she was working as a domestic servant, but still living at home with her parents and siblings. She married Philip Holmes on Christmas Day 1890.  Phillip was a hairdresser and they lived at 19 Mill Road (1891), 14 Mill Street (1901) and then at 14 Covent Garden (c.1910 onwards).  Martha and Philip had two children: Hettie Martha (1891-1981) and Private Philip William (1893-1917) who is buried at Grevillers, France.  Martha died aged 71 years old.

Philip Holmes ( 1869 – 21 February 1937)

Philip was the son of Daniel and Caroline (née Westwood) and brother of Daniel and Mahala. His  father was a carpenter/joiner and he grew up at the back of New Street (1871) and then 12 Albert Street (1881).  He had a hairdressing shop at 76 East Road (at least 1892 onwards) and died aged 67 years old.

William Butler (8 November 1840-  6 January 1913)

William was the son of William and Elizabeth and was born in Trumpington. He grew up at 17 St. Mary’s Lane (1851) and Cooks Cottages (1861) and his father worked as a labourer on the railway. By the age of 20 William was also working for Great Eastern Railway as an engine fitter.  He married Martha Piddock in 1862 and the couple had ten children: William Matthew (1863-1922), Martha Sarah (1864-1935), Frederick (1867-1950), Henry Edward (1869-1922), Charles George (1871-1938), Emma Elizabeth (1872-), Edward (1975-1953), Arthur (1877-1951), Alice Mary (1878-) and another child who died as an infant.

William continued to work as an engine fitter and the family lived at 17 George Street (1871), Caius Street (1881/1891) and then 78 Gwydir Street (1901/1911).  In 1911 William and Martha were living at Gwydir Street with their children Charles and Alice and William was described as a G.E.R pensioner.  He died aged 72 and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 9 January.  The funeral was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press under the headline ‘Late Mr. William Butler Old G.E.R. Employee’s Funeral’.  The newspaper reported that he had worked for G.E.R for 50 years and was ‘greatly respected by all who knew him’.

Martha Butler  (née Piddock) (14 November 1840 – 31 May 1916)

Martha was the daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth and grew up on Albion Row.  Her father worked for a brewery and aged 20 Martha was living at 5 Hobson Street and working as a house servant for William and Frances Swann.  She married William Butler the following year and died aged 75 years.



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by Claire Martinsen

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