CFHS code : HT400

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JESSIE aged 57 dearly beloved wife of THOMAS CHALLIS also THOMAS CHALLIS d Dec 30 1953 aged 67

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Challis kerb stones February 2020


Located four rows from the central path and two monuments from the south path. The kerb stones are intact but the inscription has eroded.


In Loving Memory of JESSIE aged 57
dearly beloved wife of THOMAS CHALLIS

Also THOMAS CHALLIS died Dec 30 1953 aged 67 years

Jessie Edith Challis (née Stocker) (16 October 1886 – 18 September 1944)

Jessie was the youngest daughter of James and Eliza (née Witt).  Her father died when she was six months old and she grew up with her widowed mother at 37 Broad Street (1901) and 2 Malcolm Place (1904 onwards. Eliza was a college servant and in 1911 Jessie was not noted as having any occupation. She married Thomas Challis in 1917 and  they continued to live at 2 Malcolm Place. She died at the Leys Annex of Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 57 years old.

Thomas Challis (1886 – 30 December 1953)

Thomas was born in Barrington, and was the son of Thomas and Jessie Ann Challis. He grew up at Back Lane in the village and his father was an agricultural labourer. By the age of 14 Thomas (jnr) was working as a grocer’s assistant and in 1911 was a general warehouseman, and lodging at 59 Bradmore Street in Cambridge. In 1939 he was documented as working in the ‘grocery department, packer and dispatcher wholesale’.

After he was widowed he went to live at Red House, Barrington, but died in Fulbourn aged 67 years old.



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Jessie Challis; Thomas Challis