CFHS code : MC4

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : TT Beloved MO JOHN H LAKE suddenly called to rest Jan 30th 1941 aged 43 ADA MAUD LAKE d 1982 aged 85

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202634,  0.13802863 – click here for location

Lake grave
Lake headstone


This headstone, now fallen and broken, the inscription of which is now illegible, in the parish area of St Michael, is situated beside the path that leads from the eastern path to the centre circle, about halfway along that path on the south side.


[transcript from Cambridgeshire Family History Society]

‘To the beloved memory of John H Lake
suddenly called to rest Jan 30th 1941 aged 43’

‘Ada Maud Lake died 1982 aged 85’

John Horatio Lake (21 October 1897 – 30 January 1941)

John was born in Exning, just outside Newmarket and was the son of James and Sarah Ann Lake.  His father was a stableman, and by the age of 14 John was working as a domestic houseboy.  He served as a private in the Suffolk Regiment Machine Gun Corps in the First World War and then married Ada Thompson in 1922. John and Ada had two sons: Adrian John (1931-2007) and Ivor Allen (1935-2000).  The family lived at 48 Thoday Street and John worked for London North Eastern Railway (LNER) as a steam crane driver and welder.  He was killed at 3.57 p.m. on 30 January 1941 by a bomb that was dropped on 130 Mill Road, one of the Railway Cottages by the west side of Mill Road Bridge.

John Horatio Lake obituary

Ada Maud Lake (née Thompson) (28 December 1895 – 6 November 1982)

Ada was the daughter of college chef William Thompson and his wife Mary Ann. She grew up on Sedgwick Street and by the age of 16 was working as a domestic nurse.  She married John Lake when she was 26 years old.  After she was widowed she continued to live at 48 Thoday Street, and died there aged 86 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Jo Costain/Emma Easterbrook/Ian Bent with additional information by Claire Martinsen

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Ada Maud Lake; John Horatio Lake