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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

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 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

Those memorials listed in italic below are on external websites not connected to this one

General city memorials

City War Memorial* in St Giles’ (inscribed with no names)

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry War Memorial* at Rose Hill (inscribed with no names)

Oxford Crematorium World War II Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial plaque

Memorials in churches or churchyards

All Saints’ Church, Headington (small free-standing war memorial in churchyard plus board inside), with full biographies

Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry* (free-standing memorial in churchyard, plus stone plaque in porch) with full biographies

Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's (plaque now in St Aldate's parish centre linked to biographies by Barry Burnham on the “Roll of Honour” website)

St Aldate's Church (plaque on outside wall of church linked to biographies by Barry Burnham on the “Roll of Honour” website)

St Aloysius' Church, Woodstock Road (plaque inside church) NEW

St Andrew’s Church, Old Headington (triptych inside), with full biographies)

St Barnabas's Church, Jericho (plaque)

St Clement's Church* in Marston Road (free-standing memorial with no names) — names listed separately on a scroll inside, currently not available

St Columba's Church, Alfred Street (panels inside church)

St Cross (Holywell) Church (plaque inside former church linked to biographies by Barry Burnham on the “Roll of Honour” website)

St Ebbe's Church (board inside church) NEW

St Giles Church (brass memorial, with names recorded by the church)

St Frideswide’s Church, Botley Road, West Oxford (board inside), with full biographies

St James's Church, Cowley: the names of the 23 fallen (and of those who survived) can be see on this image on War Memorials Online

St John the Evangelist Church, Vicarage Road, Oxford NEW

St Margaret’s Church* in Margaret Road, North Oxford (war memorial outside church), with full biographies

St Mary-the-Virgin Church, Iffley (bronze plaque inside the church) NEW

St Mary & St John Church, Cowley Road – Cowley St John parish (triptych inside the church) NEW

St Matthew's Church, Marlborough Road (board inside church, with full biographies by the “66 men of Grandpont” project)

St Michael at the Northgate Church, Cornmarket. This does not list its own parish dead, but as it was the City Church it has a book recording the details of all Oxford men killed: see transcriptions by Oxfordshire Family History Society: World War I and World War 2

St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston* (war memorial outside) plus plaque giving names inside), with full biographies

St Paul's Church, Walton Street (plaque now inside St Barnabas' Church)

St Peter-in-the-East Church (plaque now in the former St Cross Church) NEW

St Peter's Church, Wolvercote (war memorial outside church naming the dead)

St Peter-le-Bailey Church, New Inn Hall Street
(wooden board) NEW

St Thomas the Martyr Church, Becket Street
(wooden board) NEW

Walton Street Methodist Chapel (plaque now in Wesley Memorial Church), with full biographies) NEW

Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street
(plaque) NEW

District council memorials in suburbs that were outside the city prior to 1929

New Marston war memorial, Marston Road* (free-standing war memorial) with full biographies here

Summertown*: free-standing memorial which bears no names outside the Church Hall in Portland Road

Memorials in Schools and Clubs

Dragon School (free-standing war memorial with biographies on the “Roll of Honour” website)

Oxford Boys’ High School, George Street

Balliol College Boys' Club NEW

Memorials in Colleges

Jesus College, Oxford (board inside college), with biographies

St John’s College, Oxford (stone plaque in inner courtyard)

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 names have been transcribed here

Memorials in Oxford workplaces

Lion Brewery (brass plaque on outside wall)

Oxford City Police (tablet now in St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church) NEW

Oxford Post Office (tablet now at Royal Mail House)

Oxford University Press* (free-standing memorial)

Oxfordshire County Council staff (plaque inside Old County Hall, New Road, Oxford) NEW

Memorials in Oxford to other wars

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

War memorials just outside Oxford

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)

Military hospitals in Oxford in the First World War

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

Chavasse paving stone


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

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Last updated: 24 October, 2017

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