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Oxford War Memorials: St Peter's Church, Wolvercote

Wolvercote War Memorial

The front of the memorial in St Peter's churchyard, Wolvercote faces east towards the side door of the church.

This memorial, which stands about 2.5 metres high, comprises a stone Celtic cross surmounting a tapering square column standing on a square stone pedestal. This in turn stands on a simple base.

The text on the front of the pedestal reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF WOLVERCOTE
WHO NOBLY GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914–1918

The names of 53 men of Wolvercote who were killed in the First World War are listed on the other three sides of the pedestal.

The dead of the Second World War have not been added, but these are remembered on an oak board inside the church.

The names are in alphabetical order until the third side.

The names below have been linked to pages on the Commonwealth War Graves Committee website. Some are named by the CWGC as living in Wolvercote, and many of the men are pictured in the Oxford Journal Illustrated with the name of their regiment, which has enabled the identification of others. Those which have not been verified have [?] after their names.

Left (south) side (17)

GEORGE FREDERICK BAYLISS
ARTHUR BURDEN
FREDERICK CARTER
WILLIAM CARTER
JOSEPH SIDNEY CHAMP
AUGUSTUS CHESHIRE
RICHARD CLARIDGE*
RICHARD T. CLARIDGE
SIDNEY CLARIDGE*
ARTHUR (?ALFRED) CLEMENTS
JAMES COOPER
EDMUND COX
JAMES WILLIAM CROOK
WALTER CUMMINGS
HENRY DREWITT
GEORGE FREEMAN
PERCY FREEMAN

Left side inscription

Inscription on right

Right (north) side (17)

SIDNEY GARDINER
FRED HASTINGS
[also on St Giles Church memorial]
PERCY FRANCIS HEDGES
HENRY HIGGS
WALTER HOWARD
LEWIS HUNT
FRED HUTT
VICTOR J. HUTT
WILLIAM R. HUTT
JOHN WILLIAM LEY
ALBERT LOVERIDGE**
GEORGE LOVERIDGE**
ERNEST MAPSON
CECIL MERRILEES
JAMES MITCHELL
ALFRED MORGAN
[?]
HENRY PARTRIDGE
[?]

Back (west) side (19)

OWEN PRICE
WILLIAM ROWLAND
PERCY TOLLETT
CHARLES TOVEY
FREDERICK GULLIVER
STANLEY TRUBY
BERT WAINE
FRANK WAINE
WALTER WAINE
SYDNEY STRATTON WALKER
ABEL FREDERICK WARMINGTON
CHARLES WICKSON
JAMES WOODWARD
[?]

HAROLD POWELL [?]
THOMAS LOVERIDGE**
JESSE GULLIVER
ALFRED CHAMP
SOLOMON COX

EDWARD MILLAR

Back inscription

* Richard and Sidney Claridge are father and son. Richard is also on the St Thomas's Church war memorial.

** The farm labourer Absalom Loveridge and his wife Elizabeth who lived at 6 High Street, Lower Wolvercote had ten sons and five daughters. All ten sons served in the war, and three of them fell. See the “Patriotic Families” section of the Oxford Journal Illustrated on 1 March 1916 (p. 6) for photographs of the parents with Albert (Royal Fusiliers); Willilam, Edward, John, and Walter (Derby); and Thomas, James, Frederick, George, and Alfred (OBLI).


References
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 29 October 1919, p. 1: Photograph of Wolvercote War Memorial
  • A photograph of this war memorial taken by Henry Taunt in 1920 can be viewed in the Oxfordshire History Centre (ref. HT2607).

This memorial on the Database of the Imperial War Museums: Wolvercote

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Last updated: 9 September, 2017

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