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War Memorials in Oxford

War Memorial in St Giles
Oxford War Memorial, St Giles’

Marston Road war memorial
New Marston War Memorial, Marston Road

All Saints
Wall memorial in All Saints' Church, Headington

Quarry memoria;
Headington Quarry War Memorial, Holy Trinity

Ox & Bucks postcard

First and Second World Wars

Most of these were originally First World War memorials, but most have later inscriptions also remembering the dead of the Second World War.

Those free-standing war memorials marked with an asterisk below are Grade II listed structures

If the memorial you are interested in has not been put online, you can often get the names from the database of the Imperial War Museums. For example, the names of the 207 men of Magdalen College who died in the First World War can be seen here and the 17 men of St Mary Magdalen parish here

Some of the memorials below (where indicated) are linked to external websites not connected to this one

As St Michael's Church is the City Church, it has a book recording the details of all Oxford men killed. This is very useful in making positive identifications of many men on the CWGC site.
See transcriptions by Oxfordshire Family History Society: World War I and World War 2

Poppy Memorials on Oxford's streets and green spaces Poppy

City War Memorial* in St Giles’, Oxford
Free-standing memorial with no individual names
Photographs of memorial only

New Marston war memorial, Marston Road, Oxford*
Free-standing war memorial)
See full online biographies

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry War Memorial at Rose Hill, Oxford*
Free-standing memorial with no individual names
Photographs of memorial only

Oxford Crematorium World War II
Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial plaque
Plaque on an outside wall in crematorium garden
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Summertown War Memorial, Banbury Road, Oxford*
Free-standing memorial with no individual names
Photographs of memorial only

Wolvercote Airmen, Port Meadow
Free-standing memorial with names
List of names only, plus photographs of unveiling

Three airmen and civilian killed at Linton Road in 1941
Memorial on the site at Wolfson College where the plane crashed
List of the four names

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All Saints’ Church, Headington, Oxford
Small free-standing memorial in churchyard
plus board inside with names
See full online biographies

Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry, Oxford*
Free-standing memorial in churchyard
plus stone plaque in porch with names
See full online biographies

Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's, Oxford
Plaque now in St Aldate's parish centre
See biographies on the “Roll of Honour” website

St Aldate's Church, Oxford
Plaque on outside wall of church
See biographies on the “Roll of Honour” website

St Aloysius' Church, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Plaque inside church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Andrew’s Church, Old Headington, Oxford
Triptych on inside wall of church
See full online biographies

St Barnabas's Church, Jericho
Plaque inside church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Clement's Church, Marston Road, Oxford*
Free-standing memorial with no names, which are listed separately on a scroll inside the church (not currently available)
Photographs of memorial only

St Columba's Church, Alfred Street, Oxford
Panels inside church
See list of transcribed names on Imperial War Museum website

St Cross (Holywell) Church, Oxford
Plaque inside former church
List of transcribed names
Brief biographies on the “Roll of Honour” website

St Ebbe's Church, Oxford
Board inside church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Giles Church, Oxford
Brass memorial on wall inside church
See list of names transcribed by St Giles's Church

St Frideswide’s Church, Botley Road, Oxford
Board inside church
See full biographies

St James's Church, Cowley, Oxford
Board inside church, also including those who survived
See image with list of names on War Memorials online

St John the Evangelist Church, Vicarage Road, South Oxford
Board inside church
See transcribed list of names: this also gives link to 37 Men of New & South Hinksey project where biographies are being added

St Margaret’s Church, Margaret Road, North Oxford*
Free-standing war memorial outside church
See full online biographies

St Mary-the-Virgin Church, Iffley, Oxford
Bronze plaque inside the church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Mary & St John Church, Cowley Road, Oxford
Triptych inside the church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Matthew's Church, Marlborough Road, Oxford
Board inside church
See full biographies on the “66 men of Grandpont” website

St Michael at the Northgate Church, Cornmarket, Oxford
Framed rolls of honour for the two world wars
Shown here, linked to biographies by Barry Burnham

St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston, Oxford*
Free-standing war memorial with no names, which are listed on plaque inside church
See full online biographies

St Paul's Church, Walton Street, Oxford
Plaque has been moved to St Barnabas' Church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Peter-in-the-East Church, Oxford
plaque now in the former St Cross Church
See full online biographies

St Peter's Church, Wolvercote, Oxford
Free-standing memorial in the churchyard
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Peter-le-Bailey Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford
Wooden board inside the former church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

St Thomas the Martyr Church, Becket Street, Oxford
Wooden board on wall of church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Walton Street Methodist Chapel, Oxford
Plaque has been moved to the Wesley Memorial Church
See full online biographies

Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford
Plaque on wall of church
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Poppy Memorials in Schools and Clubs Poppy

Dragon School, Bardwell Road, North Oxford
Free-standing war memorial
See biographies on the “Roll of Honour” website

Oxford Boys’ High School, George Street, Oxford
Plaque inside former school
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Balliol College Boys' Club
Plaque moved from club house in St Ebbe's to Balliol Archives, St Cross Road
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Poppy Memorials in Colleges Poppy

Christ Church has a war memorial garden. The only other college to have a free-standing war memorial was Magdalen, but they gave it away to Wheatley in 1974. All colleges have a war memorial board or plaque, usually in or near the chapel, and some of them include townspeople who worked for them

Jesus College, Oxford
Board in private room inside college
See full biographies

St John’s College, Oxford
Stone plaque in inner courtyard
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Online biographies produced by the colleges themselves:
   Balliol College
   Christ Church
   Corpus Christi College
   Exeter College (PDF)

   Keble College
   Merton College
   Pembroke College
   Worcester College

St Catherine's Society: this plaque listing unattached students of the University of Oxford is now in the former St Cross Church (later St Catherine's College chapel, and now Balliol College Archives), and the Archivist has transcribed the names here

Poppy Memorials in Oxford workplaces Poppy

Lion Brewery, St Thomas's Street, Oxford
Brass plaque on outside wall of former brewery
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Oxford City Police
Tablet moved to St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church
See list of transcribed names: no full biographies yet

Oxford Post Office
Tablet moved to Royal Mail House, Oxpens Road, Oxford

See list of transcribed names on Imperial War Museum website

Oxford University Press*
Free-standing memorial in the front quadrangle in Walton Street
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet

Oxfordshire County Council staff
Plaque inside Old County Hall, New Road, Oxford
See list of transcribed names: no biographies yet


Poppy Memorials in Oxford to other wars Poppy

South African War Memorial (list of names only)
Originally sited at The Plain, Oxford; then at the Slade Barracks in Headington; and now at the Edward Brooks Barracks near Abingdon

Tirah Campaign*, Bonn Square, Oxford (list of names only)

Spanish Civil War, St Clement's (list of names only)

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Sunningwell Church (plaque inside church, with biographies)

Wootton Church, formerly Berkshire (free-standing war memorial with names listed, with biographies)

Wheatley* (free-standing war memorial, list of names only)

Poppy Cowley BarracksPoppy

Information about Cowley Barracks

List of soldiers who died at Cowley Barracks between 1877 and 1892 and who were buried in St James's churchyard in Cowley


Poppy Military hospitals in Oxford in the First World War Poppy

Photographs


Poppy Botley War Cemetery Poppy

Botley sunset 2016

Oxford (Botley) Cemetery (left) is a war cemetery with about 740 war graves. Of these 156 are Commonwealth war graves from the First World War and 516 from the Second World War. In addition there are about 68 non-Commonwealth war graves, whose headstones have a distinctive shape

Fuller details about Botley War Cemetery

Chavasse paving stone

 

Right: Unveiling ceremony outside St Peter's College, Oxford on 9 August 2016 of a paving stone celebrating the first of the two First World War Victoria Crosses awarded to Noel Chavasse


Links to memorials outside Oxford
  • Roll of Honour: Oxfordshire Memorials outside Oxford (with brief biographical details) include: Alvescot | Ardley & Fewcott | Benson | Burford | Chipping Norton | Deddington | Finmere | Harpsden-Cum-Bolney | Henley on Thames | North Aston | Rotherfield Greys | Stoke Lyne | Thame | Witney | Woodstock
  • Thame Remembers
Other general links

 

© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 22 September, 2018

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