CFHS code : HT478

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband PERCY GEORGE COOPER d February 23rd 1947 also of BLANCHE COOPER sister of the above d January 1st 1962

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in April 2022.


This headstone in the parish of Holy trinity stands 1 row west of the east path just on the bend from the south path. The headstone has become detached from the kerb stones and leans forward. It was held upright in order to take the photo. The carved inscription is well preserved.


In Loving Memory of my dear husband PERCY GEORGE COOPER who died February 23rd 1947

“Them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.”

Also of BLANCHE COOPER sister of the above died January 1st 1962

Percy George Cooper (6 December 1874 – 23 February 1947)

Percy was the second son of Frederick and Elizabeth (née Elbourne) and was baptised in Stapleford on 9 May 1875. His father was a domestic gardener and he grew up at 9 Bentinck Street. By the age of 16 Percy was working as a clerk at the Botanic Gardens and living with his parents and siblings at Bentinck Street.  In 1901/1911 the  Cooper family had moved to 66 Tenison Road and he was working as an ironmonger’s clerk for Messrs. Macintoch Ltd.  In June 1918 Percy applied to be exempt from being called up, but his application was refused.  It is not known if he was required to join the army.

Frederick Cooper died in 1915, and Elizabeth in 1926 and Percy continued to live at 66 Tenison Road with his sister Blanche.  He married Grace Annie Bacon (1884-1978) in 1935, and in 1939 all three were living at 37 Glisson Road and Percy was documented as being a company secretary. He died at home aged 72 years old.

Blanche Cooper (18 March 1876 – 1 January 1962)

Blache was Percy’s younger sister and is thought to have lived with him for most of her life.  She worked as a dressmaker, but had retired by 1939. She later lived at Harvey Goodwin Avenue (1945) and then the Grove, Fordham. She died at the Tower Hospital, Ely aged 85 years old.



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Blanche Cooper; Percy George Cooper