CFHS code : HT356b

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ADA the beloved wife of HARRY RATLEY d Oct 28 1918 age 43 also HARRY RATLEY d May 26 1943 age 76

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Ada Ratley (née Barrell) (1875 – 28 October 1918)

Ada was the daughter of Henry and Lizzie (née Hale) Barrell and was raised at 2 Russell Place where her father was a shoemaker. Aged 18 she was working in Ilfracombe as a cook for Rev. William McMichael (1891) and then appears to have moved to work in Brighton, where she met and married Harry Ratley in 1895. Harry was a policeman and the couple had two daughters: Ada (1896-1930) and Kate Elizabeth (1898-1976). They lived at 32 Cambridge Street,Brighton (1901) and then 233 Queen’s Park Road (1911). It is thought that the couple retired to live at 117 Hemingford Road, Cambridge and Harry worked as a ‘private miliary foot policeman’ in retirement. Ada died at home aged 43 years old.

Harry Ratley (26 July 1866 – 26 May 1943)

Harry was born and raised in Goring-on-Sea, Sussex and was the son of agricultural labourer John Ratley and Ellen. Aged 14 Harry was also working as a farm labourer, but by 1891 had moved to Brighton and was working as a police constable. In 1939 he was living at 119 Hemingford Road with daughter Kate and her husband Harry Thulbon and was documented as being a police  pensioner. He died at the Infirmary on Mill Road and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 29 May 1943.



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Ada Ratley; Harry Ratley