CFHS code : HT195

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of ELIZABETH DICKERSON beloved wife of ALGERNON J P OSBORNE d 26 Oct 1894 aged 73 also ALGERNON J P OSBORNE d 8 April 1902 aged 70 reverse In Memory of JAMES HENRY HOLMES d 28 Jan 1950 aged 77 also SARAH ELIZABETH second wife of ALGERNON J P OSBORNE d 19 Nov 1950 aged 89 footstone E D O A J P O

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Headstone, Kerbs and footstone were all intact when this photo was taken in March 2016.
March 2016
West face February 2017


The headstone, kerb stones and footstone of this monument, which is located on the south of the south path just before it turns north, were all intact when these pictures were taken.


east face

Who fell asleep in Jesus  Oct 26 1894 aged 73  years

“Who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Also ALGERNON J P OSBORNE  beloved husband of the above
Who fell asleep April 8 1902 aged 70 years.

“Absent from the body Present with the Lord.”




west face

In Memory of JAMES HENRY HOLMES who was called home Jan 28th 1950 to be with Christ aged 77 years.

“Love never failed”

Called home Nov 19th 1950 aged 89 years

Algernon James Pasco Osborne (15 December 1831 – 8 April 1902)

Algernon was born on Holy Island, County Durham and was the son of Robert and Sarah Osborne. Robert was originally from Suffolk and aged 9,  Algernon was living in Holt, Norfolk where his father kept a shop.  By 1861 he was 29 years old and working as a draper’s assistant to Charles Smith – a draper in Stamford Lincolnshire.  Charles ran a large shop, and employed 41 people in his business.

Algernon married Elizabeth Lanham at Holy Trinity Church, Heigham, Norwich on 25th February 1862.  By 1871 they had moved to Cambridge and were living at 14 Sidney Sussex Street. He was working as a ‘draper shopman’ to J Pain, Draper and she as a boot seller.  In 1881 the couple were still at 14 Sidney Sussex Street and Algernon had become a boot seller employing 3 assistants. The census of 1891 describes him a ‘boot and shoe seller’.

Elizabeth died in 1894, and he married for a second time in Summer 1899 to Sarah Holmes. In 1901 they were living together at Sussex Street.  He died there in April 1902 aged 70 years old. He left an estate valued at £7,720 4s 11d  (just under £1m at 2018 values).

Elizabeth Dickerson Osborne  (née Lanham) (3 July 1821 – 26 October 1894)

Elizabeth was born in Norwich and baptised at St Etheldred’s Church in Norwich on 15th July 1821.  She was the daughter of William and Mary Lanham. She married Algernon Osborne when she was nearly 40 years old and died at 14 Sidney Sussex Street aged 73 years old.

Sarah Elizabeth Osborne  (née Holmes) (12 November 1861 – 19 November 1950)

Sarah was the daughter of Henry and Fanny Holmes.  She was born in Cambridge and grew up at 22 Eden Street (1871) and then 15 Trumpington Street (1881), where her father was a journeyman joiner and carpenter.  In 1891 she was 28 years old, still living at home with her parents at 15 Trumpington Street and working as a ‘shoe maker’s assistant’.

She married widower Algernon Osborne in 1899 when she was 37 years old.  When he died, she went to live at 1 Belvedere Terrace, Panton Street (1911) and later at 15 Willis Road (at least 1939 onwards).  She died at Chesterton Nursing Home aged 89 years old. Probate records show that she was still living at 15 Willis Road at the time of her death.

James Henry Holmes (28 February 1872 – 28 January 1950)

James was the younger brother of Sarah Osborne, and the youngest son of Henry and Fanny Holmes. He grew up at Trumpington Street, and became a tailor’s shop assistant. He married widow Adeline Eliza Cass (née Wallen) in 1902 at St Peter’s Church in Hornsey.  Marriage documentation shows his occupation at the time as ‘clothier’.  Adeline was from Edmonton in London and had three young sons: Arthur (1892-), Oscar Charles (1894-) and Maurice (1900-). Her husband William Cass had died in 1900.

James and Adeline had one son together: Algernon James Henry (1902-1975).  In 1911 the couple were living at 129 York Street with Algernon  and Maurice. James was a colliery worker by this time, working above ground.  In 1939 he was a widower and living with his sister Sarah at 15 Willis Road, and working as a cement miller.  He died aged 77 years old



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James Henry Holmes; Algernon James Pasco Osborne; Elizabeth Dickerson Osborne; Sarah Elizabeth Osborne