CFHS code : HT482

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ZACHARIAH HOLMES d Feb 1st 1947 aged 71 also CATHERINE his wife d Dec 26th 1947 aged 74

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Zachariah Holmes (21 May 1875 –  1 February 1947)

Zachariah grew up at 6 Albert Street and was the son of John and Mary Ann Holmes. His father was a chandler’s assistant, and aged 15 Zachariah was working as a groom and porter. He married Kate Cooper in 1895 and they had three children: Horace Charles (1896-1917), Herbert Edward (1898-1973) and Frances May (1899-1987).  He later worked as a tailor, and was also a Sergeant at Mace for Cambridge council (1908). In 1911 the family were living at 11 Staffordshire Street and by then he was working for the Cambridge department store Eaden Lilly & Co as a furniture warehouseman

He served with 3rd Cambridge Volunteer Batallion of the Suffolk Regiment.  He was called up in April 1908 and is also believed to have served in the 1st World War with the Essex Regiment. Zachariah and Catherine’s eldest son Horace was killed at the front in May 1917.  In 1939 the couple were still living at Staffordshire Street and he was documented as being a furniture warehouseman, sorter and packer. He died at home aged 71 years old and his funeral took place on 26 February  1947.

Catherine (Kate)  Holmes (née Cooper)  (4 June 1873 – 26 December 1947)

Kate was the daughter of Henry and Rebecca (née Mansfield) Cooper and grew up at 48 Broad Street. Her father was a bricklayer and aged 17 Kate was working as a general serant for Peter and Elizabeth Stevenson at 34-36 Burleigh Street. She died at Staffordshire Street the same year as her husband and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 29 December 1947.



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Catherine Holmes; Zachariah Holmes