CFHS code : ED49

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : HANNAH STEMBRIDGE HAYWARD b 12 Apr 1812 d 16 Nov 1908 also two sons JOHN H HUNT died in West Africa 26 March 1915 aged 34 and WILLIAM J HUNT who was killed in action in France 13 Nov 1916 aged 31

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203168, 0.13733715 – click here for location

Hunt grave
Hunt monument


Stone cross, mounted on rustic stone plinth, with kerb stones, with inscriptions on the plinth and three kerb stone tops, in the parish area of St Edward, located eight rows to the west of the central path, north of the centre circle.



‘In loving memory of Hannah Stembridge Hayward
born Apr 12 1842 died Nov 16 1908 R. I. P.’

‘In loving memory of Thomas Bidwell Hunt
who died Sep 20 1926 aged 77 years.’
“[illeg] well done.”


‘Also of Alice the beloved wife of Thomas Hunt
who died Oct 16 1941 aged 85 years’

[kerb stones:]
‘Also two sons,
‘John H. Hunt, who died in West Africa
March 26 1915 aged 34,’
‘And William J. Hunt
who was killed in action in France Nov 13 1916 aged 31.’

William James Ephraim Hunt (1885–1916)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

William was born in 1885 in Cambridge. He was the fifth of the six children of Thomas Bidwell Hunt and Alice Hunt (née Hayward) and the younger brother of John Hayward Hunt. William was initially employed as an office boy before becoming a plumber. William married Ethel May Meeks in 1906 in Cambridge. They had six children: Leslie William (1906–72); Doris May (1908–93); Lilian Ethel (1910–98): Nellie (1912–2005); Gordon Thomas (1914–95); and Alice Joan (1917–2003). The family lived at 95 Fitzroy Street (now Grafton Centre), Cambridge.

Initially, William worked in a reserved occupation on the railways but he was sent white feathers (a sign of cowardice). Therefore, William chose to enlist. Meanwhile, William and Ethel’s children continued to grow up in Cambridge and at the time of their father’s death they were living at 106 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge. William’s widow, Ethel, chose not to remarry and she made ends meet by taking in sewing and washing. She moved to 35 Cromwell Road, Cambridge in 1937 where she lived until her death in 1976. William’s son, Leslie, played cricket with Jack Hobbs and the Hayward family on Parker’s Piece. William’s maternal line, Hayward, may be related to the famous Hayward cricketers. William’s daughter, Nellie, married a Kenneth William Frost, who owned a cobbler’s shop on Mill Road called the “Rocket”.

Hannah Stembridge Hayward (1842–1908)

Hannah was born on 12 April 1842 in Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire. She was the second of at least nine children born to John Stembridge Hayward and Mary Hayward (née Betts). She was the elder sister of Alice Hunt (née Hayward). Hannah grew up in the High Street, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire before her family moved to Terrace Lane and then 4 Union Lane, Cambridge. Her father was initially employed as a paper hanger, a house painter and finally a publican. Hannah died on 10 November 1908 in Cambridge. Her last known residence was 5 Clarendon Street, Cambridge, which was her brother-in-law, Thomas Bidwell Hunt’s address.

Thomas Bidwell Hunt (1853–1926)

Thomas was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire in 1853. He was one of at least twelve children of Reuben Hunt and Keziah Hunt (née Cooper). Thomas was baptised on 11 December 1853 at Trinity, Ely. Thomas’ father was a millwright and the family originally lived at the Gallery, Ely before moving to 84 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge. Thomas married Alice Hayward in 1874 in Cambridge. They had six children including John Hayward Hunt and William James Ephraim Hunt. The family lived at 5 Portland Place, 95 Fitzroy Street and 5 Clarendon Street, Cambridge. Thomas worked as a carver and gilder and as a photographer. Thomas died on 20 September 1926 in Cambridge.

Alice Hunt (née Hayward) (1856–1941)

Alice was born in Cambridge in 1856. She was one of the nine children of John Stembridge Hayward and Mary Hayward (née Betts). One of her elder siblings was Hannah Stembridge Hayward. Alice was baptised at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge on 6 October 1863 together with three of her sisters: Maria, Julia and Esther. Alice’s father died in 1867 in Cambridge when she was about 11 years old. Her mother took over from her father as a publican and the family lived at 9 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge. Alice’s mother then remarried to a Samuel Littlechild in 1877 in Chesterton, Cambridge. Meanwhile, Alice had married Thomas Bidwell Hunt in 1874 in Cambridge with whom she had six children including John Hayward Hunt and William James Ephraim Hunt. Alice died on 16 October 1941 in Cambridge.

John Hayward Hunt (1881–1915)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

John was born in 1881 in Cambridge. He was the fourth of the six children of Thomas Bidwell Hunt and Alice Hunt (née Hayward) and the elder brother of William James Ephraim Hunt.

War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–191
Biographical information: private communications from Andrew Stephen

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Hannah Stembridge Hayward; John Hayward Hunt; Alice Hunt; Thomas Bidwell Hunt: William James Ephraim Hunt