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Oxford War Memorials: St Barnabas Church, Oxford

Originally St Barnabas Church had a War Shrine with framed photographs of parishioners who were killed in the First World War (picture in Oxford Journal Illustrated, 15 January 1916, p. 6).

Chapel plaque

In 1919 the church replaced this shrine with a war memorial chapel with an altar and screen, dedicated to St George. It was described in the Oxford Journal Illustrated of 5 May 1920 as “one of the most beautiful of its kind yet erected in Oxford”, and is shown below. The inscription (right) that relates to the chapel reads:

AS / A THANKOFFERING FOR THE BLESSINGS
OF FIFTY YEARS AND TO COMMEMORATE
THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WAR
THIS CHAPEL AND ALTAR WERE BUILT
AND DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOUR OF ST. GEORGE, A.D.1919

St Barnabas War Memorial Chapel

The plaque below listing the names of the First World War dead of St Barnabas parish was unveiled by the Bishop of Oxford on Sunday 25 April 1920. It is on the wall to the right of the entrance to the war memorial chapel. It depicts in relief the military saint, St George, in armour and holding a tall shield with a red cross. To his right are 61 names in two columns reading alphabetically left to right:

St Barnabas plaque

For ease of reference the 61 names on the plaque are listed below in alphabetical order (rather than as depicted above). The abbreviations used after the names are as follows:

CWGC = Individual entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
City Honour Roll = Individual entry in the book of remembrance in the City Church of St Michael-at-the-Northgate
Magdalen = Also listed on the Magalen College war memorial plaques
New Marston = Also listed on the New Marston free-standing war memorial on the Marston Road
OUP = Also listed on the Oxford University Press free-standing war memorial in Walton Street
St Andrew's, Headington = Also listed on the St Andrew's Church war memorial plaque in Headington
St Margaret = Also listed on the St Margaret's Church calvary war memorial in St Margaret's Road
St Matthew = Also listed on the St Matthew's Church war memorial bronze plaque in Grandpont
St Paul = Also listed on the St Paul's Church war memorial panels in Walton Street
St Sepulchre = Also named on graves in St Sepulchre's Cemetery, Walton Street
St Thomas = Also listed on the St Thomas the Martyr Church, Becket Street war memorial
Walton Street Methodist
= Also listed on the Walton Street Chapel brass memorial plaque

REMEMBER / O LORD / THE BRAVE AND THE TRUE

J. AFFORD. CWGC / City Honour Roll /
     Walton Street Methodist: BIOGRAPHY

J. BEST. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

H. H. B. BLISS. CWGC / City Honour Roll

M. V. BLISS. CWGC / City Honour Roll

F. C. BOLTON. CWGC / City Honour Roll

H. BOLTON. CWGC / City Honour Roll

W. BOLTON. CWGC / City Honour Roll

J. BOWLES. CWGC / City Honour Roll

W. BRADLEY. CWGC / City Honour Roll

F. BURBOROUGH CWGC City Honour Roll
     Also on New Marston WM: BIOGRAPHY

R. BURDEN. CWGC / City Honour Roll

B. CLIFFORD. CWGC / City Honour Roll

C. J. COKER. CWGC / City Honour Roll

W. DRAPER. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

W. J. DREW. CWGC / City Honour Roll /
      St Sepulchre: BIOGRAPHY

F. C. FISHER. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

J. W. FISHER. CWGC / City Honour Roll

H. O. S. GIBSON. CWGC / City Honour Roll
     Also on St Margaret: BIOGRAPHY
     and St Andrew's, Headington: BIOGRAPHY

J. GOODWAY. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. A. GRANT. CWGC / City Honour Roll

J. HARRIS. CWGC / City Honour Roll
     Walton Street Methodist: BIOGRAPHY

H. HAYWARD. CWGC / City Honour Roll

J. W. HEMMINGS. ?CWGC / City Honour Roll

M. P. HEMMINGS. ?CWGC / City Honour Roll [dates differ]

A. E. HEMMINGS. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. J. B. HUDSON, M.A. CWGC / Magdalen /
    St Giles*/ St Thomas

T. G. JEFFREY. CWGC / City Honour Roll

F. E KEARSEY. CWGC / City Honour Roll /
     St Sepulchre: BIOGRAPHY

A. W. KITCHEN. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

C. J. KITCHEN. CWGC, / City Honour Roll / OUP

J. F. R. KITCHEN. CWGC

A. E. LAMBERT. CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also on Cowley St John WM

C. LONG. ?CWGC / ?City Honour Roll [= A.C. Long]

E. LUCKETT. CWGC / City Honour Roll

J. MAYO. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. W. MITCHELL. CWGC / City Honour Roll

T. F. MITCHELL. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. MOBLEY. ?CWGC

G. MOBLEY. CWGC / City Honour Roll

F. H. A. MOLYNEUX. CWGC / City Honour Roll

M. A. MORRIS. CWGC City Honour Roll /
     St Margaret: BIOGRAPHY

W. NEAL. CWGC / City Honour Roll

E. NORTH. CWGC / City Honour Roll

G. PAYNE. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. PICKWORTH. ?CWGC

E. PILL. CWGC / City Honour Roll

I. QUAINTON. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. W. RAWLINGS. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

W. RAWLINS. ?CWGC / ?City Honour Roll [spelt Rawlings]

B. C. RAWLINS-INNS. CWGC / City Honour Roll / St Paul

A. RENNIE. CWGC / City Honour Roll /
     St Matthew: BIOGRAPHY

ROSSE, WIlliam, 5th Earl of / CWGC /
     Christ Church: BIOGRAPHY

H. S. SHEPPARD. CWGC / City Honour Roll

A. SIMMONDS. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

T. H. STOKES. ?CWGC

R. J. STOKES. ?CWGC

A. L. SYMMONS. CWGC / City Honour Roll / 
     St Sepulchre: BIOGRAPHY

H. C. SIMMS. CWGC / ?City Honour Roll [= Cyril Simms]

W. WALLEN. CWGC / City Honour Roll / OUP

T. W. WARD. CWGC / City Honour Roll

E. WESTBURY. CWGC / City Honour Roll                                                        

 

IN PROUD AND THANKFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS
PARISH AND CONGREGATION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
ENGLAND IN THE GREAT WAR 1914–1918.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man / lay down his life for his friends.”

*  There is a biography of Alban John Benedict Hudson by Alison Bickmore in the St Giles' Church, Oxford Parish News for September 2017. The memorial in St Barnabas's Church states that he was an M.A., but in fact he never finished his degree.

The Oxford Journal Illustrated, 5 May 1920, p. 9 has photographs of (1) this stone tablet bearing the names of the fallen and (2) the screen and altar of the war memorial chapel.

This stone table at St Barnabas's Church is on the Imperial War Museum website (32042)
and War Memorials online (251071).


St Barnabas's Church in Jericho has on its wall the First World War Memorials for two churches. The other one belonged to the former St Paul's district chapelry and used to be on the wall of St Paul's Church. It can be seen here.


© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 23 September, 2017

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