CFHS code : HT191

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY PETTIT b 14 Jan 1878 d 5 Dec 1941 also husband FRANK SMITH PETTIT b 10 Aug 1877 d 6 Jan 1948

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in January 2022.


This headstone with kerbs is located in the south east corner of the parish of Holy Trinity 4 rows from the east wall and 2 monuments from the south wall. The inscription of metal letters is undamaged but has suffered some discolouration. The kerbs are still in place but covered in ivy and honeysuckle.


In Ever Loving Memory Of
MARY PETTIT born 14th January 1878, died 5th December 1941 

And her beloved husband FRANK SMITH PETTIT born 10th August 1877, died 6th January 1948. 

Mary Pettit (née Hewitt) (14 January 1878 – 5 December 1941)

Mary was born in Standon, near Stone in Staffordshire and was the daughter of John and Mary Hewitt. John worked as a platelayer on the railway and by the time Mary was 13 years old the family were living at Oxford Street, Fenny Stratford,Buckinghamshire. She worked as a dressmaker with her older sister Hannah before marrying Frank Pettit in 1904.  The couple moved to live in Cambridge and had three sons: Charles Edward (1905-1982), George Reginald (1911-1974) and Harold William (1914-1997). Frank was a police constable and the family lived at 23 Hobart Road. Mary died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 63 years old.

Frank Smith Pettit (10 August 1877 – 6 January 1948)

Frank was the son of Charles and Mary (née Smith) and was born in Little Houghton, near Northampton.   He was baptised there on 7 October 1877. Charles Pettit was a grocer,  and by 1881 they were living at Bletchley Road, Fenny Stratford. Charles later ran a pub/beer shop from Park Street, Fenny Stratford (1891/1901).  Aged 23 (1901) Frank was working as a post office clerk, as were his two older brothers, but by at least December 1903 had joined the Cambridge police force. He held the police number P.C.30.

In October 1910 he arrested widow Catherine Woodford, of no fixed abode for being ‘unlawfully drunk in Park Terrace’.  She pleaded guilty was was fined 2s , 6d or five days’ imprisonment.  Catherine said at court that she was very sorry ‘she was making her way to London where she had two sons’.  In February 1913 he charged George Clark with causing an obstruction with a horse and cart on Market Hill.  George Clark was a fruit packer and pleaded not guilty, but Frank Pettit said the horse and cart had been standing in the same spot for an hour.  George was fined 2s, 6d.  Harry Smith was charged with a similar offence with a hand cart, which Frank said had stood for forty-five minutes.  Harry pleaded not guilty but was fined 2s, 6d nevertheless.

By 1939 Frank had retired from the police force and died at home aged 70 years old.



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Frank Smith Pettit; Mary Pettit