CFHS code : HT213
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of My dear husband WALTER CHARLES MARTIN who died of fever at Salonica Feb 28 1918 aged 28 kerbs EDITH V MARTIN the beloved daughter of HENRY & REBECCA MARTIN d Oct 31 1918 aged 29 also HENRY JAMES MARTIN d July 26 1930 aged 70 also REBECCA MARY MARTIN d March 31 1935 aged 73
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This headstone with kerb stones and flowerholder, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located against the south boundary wall, equidistant between the central path and the eastern boundary wall. It is currently under heavy vegetation.
In Loving Memory of
‘My dear husband Walter Charles Martin
who died of fever at Salonica Feb 28 1918 aged 28’
‘Edith V Martin the beloved daughter of Henry & Rebecca Martin
Who died Oct 31 1918 aged 29’
‘Also Henry James Martin who died July 26 1930 aged 70’
‘Also Rebecca Mary Martin who died March 31 1935 aged 73
Walter Charles and Edith Whitmore were siblings, two of the children of Henry James and Rebecca Mary Martin. Frances M Martin ‒ the wife of Walter Charles, in whose “voice” the first lines of the inscription are cast ‒ is not buried in this grave.
Walter Charles Martin (1891‒1918) – WW1 soldier – see life story page
Walter Charles Martin was born in the fourth quarter of 1891 in Cambridge, son of Henry James Martin, butcher’s assistant, and his wife Rebecca Mary. At the time, the family lived at 22 Mill Street (in Petersfield), Cambridge, but moved in 1901 to 202 Mill Road (Romsey Town), where Henry James had his own butcher’s shop. Walter had six siblings: William Henry (c.1888‒), Edith Whitmore (c.1890‒1918 ‒ see below), Arthur Harry (c.1893‒), Frank (c.1898‒), Herbert J (c.1900‒), and one other. By 1911, aged 19, Walter’s trade was baker.
Walter married Frances M Osborn in the last quarter of 1913 in Caxton, Cambridgeshire. It is unclear where the couple lived, or whether they had any children. At some point, Walter either enlisted in, or was conscripted into the Army Service Corps’ 22nd Corps Field Bakery.
Walter contracted a fever in February 1918 from which he died on 28 February at the age of 28.
Edith Whitmore Martin (c.1890‒1918)
Edith Whitmore Martin was born in about 1890 in Cambridge, daughter of Henry James Martin, butcher’s assistant, and his wife Rebecca Mary, while the family was living at 22 Mill Street (in Petersfield). (Her middle name was the surname of her uncle John Whitmore.) Edith had six siblings: William Henry (c.1888‒), Walter Charles (1891‒1918), Arthur Harry (c.1893‒), Frank (c.1898‒), Herbert J (c.1900‒), and one other. She moved with the family to 202 Mill Road, her father’s butcher’s shop, in 1901. By 1911, aged 21, she was living with her widowed grandmother, Ann Dyball** at 22 York Street (in Petersfield). With her were two of Ann’s grandsons, Herbert and Albert Martin, aged 11 and 9.
(**Ann Dyball (née Jarrett) is an interesting story in her own right, although not buried here. She was the mother of Henry James Martin. She married Henry Martin in 1860 and had three children by him, of whom two were dead by 1911. But by 1871 Henry was dead, and Ann, widowed, was working as one of two nurses in the household of Baronet Francis G M Boileau, JP, barrister and lieutenant in the Norfolk militia artillery, and his wife Lucy and their four children, at Hall Road, Tacolneston, Norfolk. Ten years later, aged 40, she was working at home as a seamstress in Red Lion Square, Thorpe-next-Norwich. In 1891 her surname had changed to Dyball (presumably by marriage), but she was widowed for a second time and living on her own means at 31 Florence Road, Thorpe. In 1901 she was lodging with Charles and Mary Nunn and their children of 56 Sedgwick Street in Romsey Town, Cambridge. By 1911, she was living at 22 York Street in Petersfield.)
Edith died on 31 October 1918 (only eight months after her brother), aged 29. Her body was the first to be buried in the family grave, on 5 November. By the time of death she had moved from York Street and was living at 5 Hope Street (in Romsey town).
Henry James Martin (1860‒1931)
Henry was born on 9 October 1860 in Thorpe-next-Norwich, Norfolk, son of Henry Martin and his wife Ann (née Jarrett, later Dyball: see above), and baptised at Thorpe Episcopi on 4 November of the same year. At the time of the 1861 census he was living with his mother at Dale’s Buildings, Thorpe, aged 6 months, his father apparently away. As a schoolchild at the age of 9 he was living with his uncle, John Whitmore, and wife Eliza at Cross Stoze[?], near Tovell’s Corner, Alpington, Norfolk. John Whitmore was a “master butcher”, which raises the possibility that Henry learned his trade from him.
Henry’s whereabouts in 1881, by which time he had left the Whitmores, are unclear. He married Rebecca Mary Drage of Meldreth (near Cambridge) in the second quarter of 1886, and by 1887 the couple had moved into 22 Mill Street (in Petersfield), Cambridge, where they remained until somewhere between 1891 and 1895. They had seven children: William Henry (c.1888‒), Edith Whitmore (c.1890‒1918), Walter Charles (1891‒1918), Arthur Harry (c.1893‒), Frank (c.1898‒), Herbert J (c.1900‒), and one other. Henry’s occupation then was “butcher’s assistant”. In 1901 Henry acquired his own butcher’s shop at “Amos House”, 202 Mill Road (in Romsey Town: between Cockburn and Hope Streets) (previously owned by Thomas Bidwell jnr, butcher and sausage maker). Henry remained in charge for ten years, after which his son William Henry took over the running until 1914, after which it became a grocery and confectionary shop (E Taylor).
Henry died on 26 July [June?] 1931 aged 70. At the time of his death he was living at 21 Hope Street. He was buried on 29 June [July?] in the parish area of Holy Trinity in Mill Road Cemetery.
Rebecca Mary Martin (née Drage) (c.1862‒1935)
Rebecca Mary Drage was born c.1862 in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, daughter of Joseph Drage, shepherd, and his wife Sarah, and was baptised there on 25 January 1863. At the time of her birth, she had at least six siblings. By 1871 she was living with her uncle and aunt, Jonathan Stallabrass, binder, and his wife Susan, and their eight children in High Street, Meldreth.
Rebecca’s whereabouts in 1881 are unclear, but in the second quarter of 1886 she married Henry James Martin, butcher, in Cambridge. The couple had seven children: William Henry (c.1888‒), Edith Whitmore (c.1890‒1918), Walter Charles (1891‒1918), Arthur Harry (c.1893‒), Frank (c.1898‒), Herbert J (c.1900‒), and one other. They lived at 22 Mill Street (Petersfield), Cambridge from 1887 to between 1891 and 1895, Henry’s occupation at the time being “butcher’s assistant”. In 1901 Henry acquired his own butcher’s shop at “Amos House”, 202 Mill Road (in Romsey Town), Cambridge, and remained in charge for ten years, after which his son William Henry took over the running until 1914.
Henry died on 26 July 1931, the couple’s address at that time being 21 Hope Street (in Romsey Town). Rebecca died on 31 March 1935 aged 73, and was buried four days later in the parish area of Holy Trinity in Mill Road Cemetery. Her address at the time of death was 50 Great Eastern Street (next to the Mill Road railway bridge on the Romsey Town side). This is interesting in that a Mary Martha Martin, buried in the Holy Trinity parish area in 1924 aged 74, had lived next door, at No. 49. Could she have been a relative from the generation above Henry James?
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England census reports 1841 to 1901; England & Wales census report 1911
England & Wales Civil Registration Birth Index 1538‒1915
England Select Births & Christenings 1538‒1975
England & Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index 1538‒1915
Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813‒1915
Norfolk, England, Bishop’s Transcripts, 1685‒1941
Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813‒1915
Spalding’s Street Directories of Cambridge 1885‒1935
Martin family archive
By Ian Bent, with Mary Naylor and Caroline Wison