CFHS code : HT78
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of MARIANNE the beloved wife of JOHN KENT d June 16th 1916 aged 65 also of ALBERT JAMES youngest son of the above killed in action at Ginchy France September 3rd 1916 aged 25 also JOHN KENT husband of the above d July 30th 1928 in his 75th year also of RUTH EMMA eldest daughter of the above d April 6th 1950 aged 67 open book In Loving Memory of HENRY CHARLES KENT son of the above d 2nd Sept 1956 aged 78 In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH HARRIET KENT daughter of the above d 16th April 1962 aged 78
Monument : Headstone/Open Book/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.20167 0.13811408 – click here for location
Handsomely carved headstone in slate (unusual in this cemetery) with open book and kerb stones, in the parish area of Holy Trinity. It is located toward the south-east corner of the cemetery, beside the eastern path as it curves northwards.
‘In loving memory of Marianne
the beloved wife of John Kent
who entered into rest June 16th 1916 aged 65 years’
“Peace perfect peace”
‘Also of Albert James youngest son of the above
killed in action at Ginchy, France September 3rd 1916 aged 25 years’
“In Jesus keeping”
‘Also John Kent, husband of the above
died July 30th 1928 in his 75th year’
“In my father’s house are many mansions”
‘Also of Ruth Emma, eldest daughter of the above
died April 6th 1950 aged 67 years’
“In heavenly love abiding”
[open book: left:]
‘In loving memory of Henry Charles Kent, son of the above,
who passed away 2nd Sept 1956 aged 78 years’
[open book: right:]
‘In loving memory of Elizabeth Harriet Kent
daughter of the above
died 16th April 1962 aged 78 years’
“The Lord is my shepherd”
Marianne Kent (née Basford) (1851-1916)
Marianne was born as Mary Ann Basford on 24 March 1851 at Wyddial, Hertfordshire. Her mother was Sarah Basford (c.1828-1903). Her father was Joseph Andrews (c.1815-?), who was Sarah’s step-father. It appears that after the death of her mother Sarah stayed on as Joseph’s housekeeper and had two children with him including Mary Ann. On 29 November 1868 at St Barnabas, Marylebone, London Mary Ann married Thomas Charles May (1847-?), who was a painter. They had a son: Joseph Thomas Charles (1869-1962). At some point Thomas must have died as Mary Ann returned to Wyddial with her young son to live with her parents. Her son remained with her parents when Mary Ann remarried.
On 2 September 1876 Mary Ann married John Kent (1854-1928) at Holy Trinity, Bishop’s Stortford. She had also started using the first name Marianne by this time. Marianne and John had seven children. Marianne died on 16 June 1916 in Cambridge.
Albert James Kent (1891-1916)– WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Albert was born in 1891 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was the youngest of seven children born to John Kent (1854-1928) and Marianne Kent (formerly Mary Ann May, née Basford). When war broke out Albert enlisted at Cambridge as Private 26295, Bedfordshire Regiment. At some point he transferred and became Private 26051, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was killed in action on 3 September 1916.
John Kent (1854-1928)
John was born in 1854 in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. He was one of at least eight children born to Charles Kent (1810-1881) and Emma Kent (née Perry) (1811-1895). The family grew up in New Town, Bishop’s Stortford. In 1871 John was still living at home and working as a labourer. On 2 September 1876 John married Marianne May (née Basford) (1851-1916) at Holy Trinity, Bishop’s Stortford. They had seven children: Alfred John (1877-?); Henry Charles (1878-1956); Herbert Edward (1881-1966); Ruth Emma (1883-1950); Elizabeth Harriet (1884-1962); William (1889-1932); and Albert James (1891-1916). In 1881 the family was living in Bishop’s Stortford and John was working as a slater like his father before him. By 1891 the family had moved to 79 Gwydir Street, Cambridge and by 1901 the family had moved to 167 Gwydir Street. By 1911 only John’s eldest child, Alfred, had left home. During the war John’s business suffered but he successfully managed to apply for an exemption for his son, William, to remain with him to assist:
Mr. John Kent applied on behalf of Wm. Kent (27), of 51, Abbey-road, married, slater and tiler, for further exemption, as he had no [one] else to do this work, his other slater, another son [Henry], being in the Army. – Applicant said that since the application had been sent in one of his sons had been killed [Albert]. He had one other son in the Army. – Mr. Miller said he did not oppose a short exemption in the sad circumstances just mentioned by Mr. Kent. – Exemption until the end of the year was granted, no further application to be made without leave.
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 10 November 1916
John died on 30 July 1928 at Dagmar, Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Both he and his wife are buried in this grave together with three of their children (Henry, Ruth and Elizabeth). Another son, Albert, who died in France during the Great War is commemorated on this grave. John’s son, William, is also buried in this cemetery.
Ruth Emma Kent (1883-1950)
Ruth was born in 1883 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. She was the fourth of seven children born to John Kent (1854-1928) and Marianne Kent (formerly Mary Ann May, née Basford). In 1911 Ruth was still living at home with five of her six siblings. She was working as a dressmaker. Ruth died on 6 April 1950 in Cambridge. Her last address was 165 Gwydir Street, Cambridge.
Henry Charles Kent (1878-1956)
Henry was born in 1878 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. He was the second of seven children born to John Kent (1854-1928) and Marianne Kent (formerly Mary Ann May, née Basford). Henry became a slater like his father and his grandfather before him. When war broke out he joined up like his younger brother (Albert) but to a different regiment, the Infantry of the Royal Fusiliers. Henry returned to Cambridge after the war. He died on 2 September 1956 at 29 Union Lane, Cambridge although his home address at the time was 165 Gwydir Street, Cambridge.
Elizabeth Harriet Kent (1884-1962)
Elizabeth was born in 1884 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. She was the fifth of seven children born to John Kent (1854-1928) and Marianne Kent (formerly Mary Ann May, née Basford). In 1911 Elizabeth was still living at home with five of her six siblings. She was working as a milliner. Elizabeth died on 16 April 1962 in Cambridge. Her last address was 165 Gwydir Street, Cambridge.
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By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbroook