CFHS code : BE68

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ARTHUR the beloved husband of MARTHA JOHNSON d Nov 1[0] 1917 aged 40 also ARTHUR HENRY JOHNSON dearly loved [son] of the above d Oct 1- 1907 aged 1 line illegible also of MARTHA FLOOD beloved wife of GEORGE FLOOD d Sep [5] 193[5]

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in December 2020.

Monument

This headstone is located roughly 5 rows east of the west path. It is badly eroded and we were unable to check all the inscription.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of ARTHUR the beloved husband of MARTHA JOHNSON died Nov. 10 1917 aged 40 years.

Gone to the [everlas]ting home
Rest in the Lord

Also ARTHUR HENRY JOHNSON dearly loved [son] of the above died Oct 1- 1907 aged 1 year

“Jesus  ……………………………………  unto
…………………………………………

Also of MARTHA FLOOD beloved wife of GEORGE FLOOD died Sep [5] 1938

Arthur Johnson (1877 – 10 November 1917)

Arthur was the son of Thomas and Esther Johnson and grew up on South Street.  His father was a stone mason and by the age of 13 Arthur was working as an errand boy (1891).  He later worked as a carpenter (1901) and then cab (carriage) proprietor (by at least 1911).  He married Martha Summerfield in 1905 and they had one son: Arthur Henry.  The couple lived at 108 York Street and it is known that Arthur served as a special constable for the town (1907).

Arthur died after what newspapers described as ‘a long and painful illness’.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 13 November and six fellow cabmen acted as bearers. Martha’s wreath read ‘In memory of my dear husband – one of the best – from his sorrowing wife’. He was 40 years old.

Arthur Henry Johnson (1906 – October 1907)

Arthur died aged one year old.

Martha Tomlin Flood  (née Summerfield) (c. February 1881 – 1935)

Martha was the daughter of  Thomas and Elizabeth Summerfield. Her father was a labourer who died a few months before her birth and she grew up at 5 Custom Street (1881) and then 7 Smarts Row (1891) with her mother and older brother Herbert. Aged 20 she was living with her brother William Summerfield and his family at 12 Geldart Street.  Martha married Arthur Johnson when she was 24 years old and married for second time in 1920 to George W Flood. Martha died at 81 New St age 57.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Martha Flood; Arthur Johnson; Arthur Henry Johnson