Hertfordshire Memorial Inscriptions

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Aldbury

M.I. Series No 94

Hertfordshire Family History Society


This is a very professionally produced booklet with a map showing the location of the church, plans of the graveyard showing the locations of the stones, and a list of all the stones with as complete a reading as possible. Insrciptions in the church are also recorded. Names or inscriptions recorded by Cussans (1879) and Gerrish (circa 1910) and not longer found are also noted.. There is a good name index.


I include an example relating to a soldier, Roger Walter Lines, killed in the First World, and recorded on his parent's gravestone:

The index contains the following entries:

LAMB   C10/5
LEEK   C1a/11
LINES   B11, C5/7, Ch9



The "B11" refers to stone 11 in area B (see plan),  "C5/7" is the 7th stone in row 7 of the more modern part of the graveyard, and "Ch9" refers to the First World War memorial plaque inside the church. The "B11" entry reads:


Ilmo Mary Ann, the beloved wife of John LINES, died July 3rd 1911 aged 71 yrs. Also of Roland Walter LINES son of the above, Lieut. 1st Field Coy. Canadian Engineers. Killed in action on the Somme, France September 9th 1916 aged 39 yrs. Also of John LINES (husband of the above Mary Ann LINES) who died February 711 1923 aged 81 years. Schoolmaster of this parish for upwards of 40 years. Thomas William LINES born Aldbury October 13th 1867 died Toronto, Canada May 28th 1931


 Judith White (judithw @t blueyonder.co.uk) of Frome writes: Mary Ann Lines (nee Brown) had a sister Ellen, who was the wife of my elusive ancestor Walter Moore Holinshead [see Holinshead Family Tree].   Ellen, Walter and their daughter Annie Katherine were living with the Lines family at the time of the 1881 Census.

She adds: It's interesting that Thomas William Lines died in Toronto as that's where Walter Moore Holinshead died in 1909 (in the "Toronto Home for Incurables"), having, it seems certain, abandoned his wife Ellen and daughter Annie Katherine. Walter had been living in Canada from at least 1884 and claimed to be a widower in the 1891 Canadian Census, despite the fact that his wife was living with her mother in Rugby!

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