CFHS code : AL373
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : TTBMO JAMES THOMAS HOWLETT d Nov 16 1916 aged 62 also his wife MARY ANN HOWLETT d Jan 23 1932 aged 76 also their sons killed in action ARTHUR ROBERT July 20 1916 PERCY WILFRED Aug 9 1918
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202673, 0.13833785 – click here for location
Set of kerb stones, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, located four rows west of the eastern path, just north of the path leading from the eastern path to the centre circle.
‘To the blessed memory of James Thomas Howlett
died Nov 16th 1916 aged 62 years’
‘Also his wife Mary Ann Howlett
died Jan 23rd 1932 aged 76’
‘Also their sons killed in action
Arthur Robert July 20th 1916
Percy Wilfred Aug 9th 1918
Arthur Robert Howlett (1884–1916) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Arthur was born in 1884 in Cambridge. He was one of eleven children born to James Thomas Howlett and Mary Ann Howlett (née Quin). He was the older brother of Percy Wilfred Howlett, who was also killed in the First World War. Arthur worked as an errand boy and then a porter at a hotel. During the War he enlisted in Ely, Cambridgeshire as Private (3/776) in the 2nd Battalion the Suffolk Regiment.
James Thomas Howlett (1854–1916)
James was born in 1854 in Cambridge. He was one of at least ten children born to Robert Howlett and Sophia Howlett (née Sivell). His paternal grandfather and father were cabinet makers. The family grew up at Victoria Terrace (Victoria Road) and then 1 Bradmore Street (off East Road), Cambridge. James initially worked as a boot closer before becoming a locomotive engine fireman for the Great Eastern Railway. He married Mary Ann Quin in 1877 in Cambridge. They had eleven children including Arthur Robert Howlett and Percy Wilfred Howlett. The family lived at 22 and then 6 Ainsworth Street (Sturton Town), Cambridge. James died on 16 November 1916 in Cambridge.
Mary Ann Howlett (née Quin) (1855–1932)
Mary was born in 1855 in Caxton, Cambridgeshire. She was the natural-born daughter of Edith Quin (née Blanchitt). Edith’s husband, John Quin, with whom she had at least five other children, had died in 1851. Mary was thirteen years old when her mother remarried to a Mark Butcher, sawyer, in 1868 in Cambridge. Before her marriage Mary worked as a general domestic servant. She married James Thomas Howlett in 1877 in Cambridge. They had eleven children including Arthur Robert Howlett and Percy Wilfred Howlett. Mary died on 23 January 1932 at 75 Blinco Grove, Cambridge. This was the home of her eldest daughter, Edith Sophia Dixon (née Howlett).
Percy Wilfred Howlett (1893–1918) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Percy was born in 1893 in Cambridge. He was one of eleven children born to James Thomas Howlett and Mary Ann Howlett (née Quin). He was also the younger brother of Arthur Robert Howlett. Percy was a plumber before the outbreak of the War. He enlisted in Cambridge with the rank of Pioneer (84460) in the 228th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers.
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By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent