CFHS code : HT208

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : IGRO (mother) LOUISA ANN HOWELL d 15 Jun 1935 aged 69 also (father) HERBERT DICK HOWELL d 14 Apr 1936 aged 66 and (BILL) HERBERT THOMAS HOWELL d 20 July 1916 aged 19

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201606, 0.13764273 – click here for location

Howell grave
Howell monument


Marble headstone in Art Deco style, with ornate marble kerb stones with integral flower holder at foot, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, located close to the south path, east of the central path.

Howell inscription
Howell inscription


‘In grateful remembrance of (mother) Louisa Ann Howell
died 15 Jun 1935 aged 69 years’

‘Also (father) Herbert Dick Howell
died 14th April 1936 aged 66 years’

‘And (Bill) Herbert Thomas Howell
missing 20th July 1916 aged 19 years’

“Where the light lasts we will remember
and in the darkness will not forget”

Louisa Ann Howell (née Wass) (1865-1935)

Louisa was born in 1865 in Colchester, Essex.  She was one of at least six children born to Joseph Wass (c.1831-1874) and Eliza Wass (née Wass) (c.1836-?).  By 1871 the family was living at 4 Dove Place, Colchester and Louisa’s father was working as a foreman in a brewery but he had previously worked as a police constable.  Louisa’s father died when she was 9 years old.  On 5 September 1896 Louisa married Herbert Dick Howell (1872-1936) at All Saints, Paddington, London.  She died on 15 June 1935 in Cambridge.

Herbert Dick Howell (1872-1936)

Herbert was born on 7 March 1872 in Norwich, Norfolk.  He was one of at least eight children born to Robert Howell (c.1833-1880) and Elizabeth Sophia Howell (née Holman) (c.1836-1920).  His father worked as a carpenter and his mother worked as a dressmaker.  When Herbert was 8 years old his father died.  On 5 September 1896 Herbert married Louisa Ann Wass (1865-1935) at All Saints, Paddington, London.  Herbert was Color Serjeant 2314 in the Army for the Norfolk Regiment and then the Suffolk Regiment and in order to join he had added two years to his age.  Herbert and Louisa had three children including: Herbert Thomas (1897-1916); and Doris Ethel (1906-?).  In 1897 the family were living in Kinsale, Ireland where Herbert junior (known as Bill) was born.  By 1901 the family were living at the Garrison in Colchester, Essex.  On 28 October 1909 Herbert was admitted as a Chelsea Out-Pensioner and on 4 November he was formally discharged.  By 1911 the family had moved to Rivington, Cherryhinton Road, Cambridge.  Herbert was still an Army Pensioner but he worked as a gym instructor for a grammar school.  Herbert died on 14 April 1936 in Cambridge.

Herbert Thomas Howell (1897-1916)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Herbert was born in 1897 in Kinsale, Ireland. He was killed in France on 20 July 1916 and was commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Sources :

Census: 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

Ireland, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1864-1958

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921

England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1922


by Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

(Bill) Herbert Thomas Howell; Herbert Dick Howell; Louisa Ann Howell