CFHS code : HT225

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH FRANKLIN (widow of late PETER FRANKLIN) d Jan 5 1926 aged 65 EDWARD JAMES FRANKLIN dear husband and father d January 16 1968 aged 67 ELLEN GLADYS FRANKLIN widow of EDWARD d 31st May 1983 aged 78

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder/Small slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Mother, son and daughter in law

Mary Ann Sarah (Sarah) Franklin (née Smith) (17 November 1860 – 5 January 1926)

Sarah was born in at 1 Lavina Grove,Islington, the daughter of solicitor’s clerk Joseph and Mary Ann Smith. Age 20 Sarah was living in Cherry Hinton with her aunt Susannah Grane, and working as a school teacher. In 1891 she was living at the Fulbourn Asylum, and her occuapation was noted as ‘needlewoman’ – it is thought she was one of the staff members of the Asylum. She married widower Peter Franklin on 2 June 1894 at Cherry Hinton Church.

Peter was a police constable with two children: Bertram (1889-1963) and Margaret Jane (1891-1985). His first wife Margaret had died in October 1892 aged 41 years old. Peter and Sarah had two children: Edward (buried in this grave) and another child who died as an infant. They lived at 43 Union Terrace (later known as Mawson Road) and then 41 Ross Street (at least 1902 onwards). Peter served as a police officer with the Cambridge Borough Police Force for 26 years, and was pensioned in September 1911. In retirement he worked as an attendant at the New Theatre. He died suddenly at home aged 59 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 8 January 1919 although his grave has not yet been identified.

Sarah died at Ross Street and her funeral took place on 9 January 1926.

Edward James Smith Franklin (27 August 1900 – 16 January 1968)

Edward served with the Army Pay Corps in the 1st World War. From his documentation it is known he was an accountant’s clerk, and was 5ft 1.5 inches tall with dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and ‘poor’ physical development. He enlisted on 27 August 1918 and was discharged in April 1920. Edward married Ellen Kefford in 1927 and they lived at 37 Roseford Road (1935-at least 1956) and 50 Roseford Road (at least 1958 onwards).  Edward was working as a ‘draper’s bought ledger clerk’ in 1939 and the couple had at least one son: Peter.

Ellen Gladys Franklin (née Kefford) (4 December 1904 – 31 May 1983)

Ellen was born in Cambridge and was the only daughter of James and Alice. She grew up at 13 Hooper Street and James Kefford worked as a bottler in a mineral water factory. At the time of her death Ellen was living at 5 Blackhall Road.



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Edward James Franklin; Ellen Gladys Franklin; Sarah Franklin