CFHS code : HT476

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EMMA CLARK d J– — [1918] aged [685] also ERNEST JONATHAN CLARK grandson of the above killed in action in France Oct 13 1918 aged 1[9]

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Clark grave
Clark headstone


Limestone headstone (inscription now largely illegible), the plot marked out with glazed edging tiles rather than kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, located to the west side of the east path, three rows back, under trees.


‘In loving memory of Emma Clark
died J– — [1918] aged [65] years’

‘Also Ernest Jonathan Clark grandson of the above
killed in action in France Oct 13 1918 aged 1[9] years’

Emma Clark (née Ison) (1850-1918)

Emma was born in 1850 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  She was one of at least five children born to William Ison (c.1823-1859) and Elizabeth Ison (née Clifford) (c.1818-1896).  Her father was a bricklayer and the family grew up in Albert Street, Cambridge.  Her father died on 17 August 1859 in Cambridge.  By 1861 her widowed mother and her children (including Emma) were living at 22 Paradise Street and her mother was working as a grocer.  By 1871 her mother was working as a dressmaker.  Emma was still living at home and was working as a mantle-maker.  Emma married Jonathan Clark (1853-?) in 1874 in Cambridge.  They had one son: Henry (c.1877-?), who was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire.  By 1881 the family were living at 139 York Street, Cambridge.  Her husband was working as a carpenter and joiner and Emma was working as a dressmaker.  By 1891 the family were living at 7 Monmouth Terrace, Cambridge.  By 1901 Emma and Jonathan were living at 25 Moss Street, Cambridge but their son had married and had set up house at 29 Occupation Road and like his father was working as a carpenter.  By 1911 Emma and Jonathan had moved to 148 Sturton Street.  Their 11 year old grandson, Ernest (1899-1918), was living with them.  Emma died in early 1918 in Cambridge.

Ernest Jonathan Clark (c1899-1918)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Ernest was born in 1899 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was one of two children born to Henry Clark (c.1877-?) and Florence Eleanor Clark (née French) (1876-?).  By 1911 Ernest was living with his paternal grandparents, Jonathan and Emma Clark, at 148 Sturton Street.  When war broke out he enlisted as Private (G/19117), 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.  He was killed by accident in France on 13 October 1918 (within a month of the end of the First World War), aged 19.

War Graves Photographic Project

Census: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915

England, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook


Emma Clark; Ernest Jonathan Clark