CFHS code : HT69

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZA EMMA DODDS d 11 Nov 1947 aged 76 WILLIAM JOHN DODDS husband of above d 17 Nov 1947 aged 75

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in February 2022.


This small headstone with kerbs and flower holderis located just to the east of the path as it turns north in the south east corner of the parish of Holy Trinity. The inscription is of metal letters is in good order.


In Loving Memory of ELIZA EMMA DODDS died 11 Nov 1947 aged 76 years

WILLIAM JOHN DODDS husband of above died 17 Nov 1947 aged 75 years

Eliza Emma Dodds (née Goode) (12 June 1871 – 11 November 1947)

Eliza was born in Burnham, near Windsor and baptised there on 23 July 1871. She was the daughter of Richard and Rebecca Goode and grew up in nearby Taplow where her parents worked in a paper mill. In 1891 she was working as a kitchenmaid for Frederick and Mary Wigan at their home Clare Lawn, Mortlake. She married William Dodds on 15 April 1897 at St, Matthew’s Church, Hammersmith. In 1901 the couple were living in Hammersmith with her niece Emma and William was working as a clerk in a building company.  By 1911 the couple were working for widower Richard Pearce at his home in Kensington.  William was butler and Eliza was the cook, aided by a housemaid and kitchen maid. They had moved to Cambridge by at least 1935, and William worked as a college servant.  In 1939 they were living at 43 Garden Walk – William had retired and Eliza was running a University Lodging House. Eliza died at home and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 14 November 1947.

William John Dack Dodds (21 July 1872 – 17 November 1947)

William was born in Swaffham and was the son of wheelwright William and Anna (née Dack). In 1891 he was living in Harrow with his aunt and uncle and working as a footman. He was described as an ‘agent’ when he married Eliza in 1897. He died at Garden Walk and was buried exactly a week after his wife.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Emma Dodds; William John Dodds