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Oxford War Memorials: St Frideswide’s Church, Oxford

Biographies of the First World War dead of St Frideswide’s parish

Brief biographies are given below: click on the images from the Oxford Journal Illustrated (OJI) for a larger photograph with its full caption.
Links to fuller separate biographies are gradually being added

When Thou Hadst Overcome the Sharpness of Death / Thou Didst Open the Kingdom of Heaven to all Believers
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM / THIS PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918

Tom William
Robert ABBS

Abbs
OJI 14 Oct 1914
“Drowned”

CWGC

Born at Horsham, Sussex on 24 December 1893

† Lost in action in North Sea when his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine
22 September 1914, aged 20

24 East Street

Sick berth attendant,
Royal Navy:
HMS Aboukir (Service No: M/4398)

Chatham Naval Memorial: Panel 6

The first Osney man to die

The son of a domestic coachman, Tom was born in Horsham. His mother Kate abandoned her husband and children by the time Tom was 7, and she spent the rest of her life in Bournemouth, where she passed herself off as a widow called Kate Anger and worked as a domestic servant for wealthy elderly people. By 1901 Tom’s father had returned to Oxford, where (with the help of a housekeeper) he brought up his three youngest children. By the age of 17 Tom was an officer’s servant at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. His link with Osney is tenuous: his father (still married, but claiming to be a widower) had come to lodge at 24 East Street by 1911, and so that would have been considered Tom’s home address.

⇒ Full biography

Frederick Joseph
ALLSWORTH

Frederick Allsworth
OJI
26 Jul 1916
“Killed”

CWGC

Born in New Osney in 1873

† Killed in action in France
1 July 1916, aged 42

4 Earl Street

Sergeant, Hampshire Regiment “A” Company, 1st Battalion (Service No: 16387)
Enlisted in Oxford

Redan Ridge Cemetery No 2,
Beaumont-Hamel, France: A.18

Awarded the Military Medal

The son of a bricklayer’s labourer, Frederick Allsworth grew up in St Thomas’s parish. He joined the army in 1891 at the age of 18, and fought in the Boer War. He came to live in Osney after marrying an Osney girl, and worked as a car-washer in a garage. He had two sons

⇒ Full biography

Harold Francis
ARCHER

Archer
OJI 11 Nov 1914
“Killed in action”

CWGC

Born at 75 Mill Street, Oxford in 1894 (reg. second quarter) and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 4 March 1894

† Killed in action in Belgium
3 November 1914, aged 20

1 Ferry Hinksey Road

Private, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars (Service No: 1700)
Enlisted in Oxford

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium: Panel 5

Parents: Albert William ARCHER & Rose Ann KIMBREY (married in the Headington district in the fourth quarter of 1882). They had five children: four still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Journeyman miller

1901 census: Harold (7) with family at 1 Ferry Hinksey Road

1911 census: Harold (17) was an apprentice joiner, living with parents at 1 Ferry Hinksey Road

Next of kin after war: His parents at 1 Ferry Hinksey Road

William Arthur
BALDWIN

Baldwin
OJI 4 Jul 1917
  “Died of enteric”

CWGC

Born in St Thomas’s parish, Oxford, in 1896/7 (reg. first quarter of 1897)

† Died of enteric in Mesopotamia
25 May 1917, aged 20

3 Abbey Road

Private, Machine Gun Corps  (Infantry), 132nd Company (Service No: 34104)
Formerly 3345, Seaforth High

Baghdad (North Gate) War
Cemetery, Iraq: XV.J.10

Parents: Arthur Augustus BALDWIN & Rose Maud BRAIN (married in the Headington district in the third quarter of 1893). They had nine children: five still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Builder’s foreman

Not baptised at St Thomas’s Church

1901 census: William (4) was living with his parents at 3 Abbey Road

1911 census: William (14) was Junior Clerk to a builder, living with his father and new stepmother at 3 Abbey Road

Next of kin after war: His father and stepmother at 3 Abbey Road; still there in 1928

Alfred Samuel
BARFOOT

Barfoot
OJI 22 Aug 1917
 “Died of wounds” 

CWGC

Born in New Botley in 1894 (reg. second quarter)

† Died of wounds in France
20 July 1917, aged 23

16 Duke Street

Lance Corporal, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 35th Company (Service No: 19286)
Enlisted in Abingdon

Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun,
France: V.A.10

Parents: Samuel Francis BARFOOT & Elizabeth HANSLOW (married in the Witney district in the fourth quarter of 1890). They had three children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Street paviour for Oxford Corporation

Not baptised at St Frideswide’s Church

1911 census: Alfred (16) was a garden boy at the Rectory, Nuneham Courtenay, Berkshire. Parents were home at 16 Duke Street

Next of kin after war: his parents at 16 Duke Street. Still there in 1928

James John
BARSON

Barson
OJI
30 Aug 1916
“Wounded”   

CWGC

Born at 33 Earl Street, Oxford on 28 June 1897 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 22 August 1897

† Killed in action in France
23 July 1916, aged 19

10 Duke Street

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 4th Battalion (Service No: 5165)
Enlisted in Oxford

Pozières British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, France: I.A.47

Parents: James BARSON & Henrietta Martha BOWERMAN (married in Oxford in the second quarter of 1896). They had five children: four still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: GWR engine driver/fireman

1901 census: James (3) was living with his parents at 10 Duke Street

1911 census: James (13) was a messenger to the University Registrar, living with his parents at 10 Duke Street

Photograph (left) in OJI says he was wounded, but in fact he was already dead

Next of kin not given, but parents at 10 Duke Street can be assumed

James
BREEZE

Breeze
OJI
20 Sep 1916
“Died of wounds”

CWGC

Born in Newport, Monmouthshire in 1888/9 (reg. first quarter of 1889)

† Died of wounds in France
4 September 1916, aged 28

2 Barrett Street

Private, 1st (Royal) Dragoons (Service No: 3426)
Enlisted in Birmingham

Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France: II.A.31

Parents: Arthur BREEZE & Mary Ann DAVIES (married in the Atcham district in the fourth quarter of 1885). They had eight children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway foreman/GWR engine driver

1891 census: James (2) was home with his parents at 1 Albion Street, Newport

1901 census: James (12) was home with his parents at 2 Barrett Street

1911 census: James (24) was a Private, 1st Royal Dragoons in Muttra, India. Rest of family at home at 2 Barrett Street

[Funeral of Agnes Breeze (24) in OJI on 4 Oct 1911]

Next of kin after war: his parents, who were back in Newport, Mon.

Oliver
BRETTELL

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found
CWGC

Born in Leighton Buzzard in 1887/8 (reg. first quarter of 1888)

† Killed in action in Belgium
9 May 1915, aged 27

37 West Street

Serjeant, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion (Service No: 8371)
Enlisted in Abingdon

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium:
Panel 7 & 8

Parents: John William BRETTELL & Harriet HELEY (married in the Leighton Buzzard district in the first quarter of 1886). They had four children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Supernumerary railway porter

Brettell found a German helmet during the Christmas Day truce: see photograph in OJI of 13 Jan 1915.

1891 census: Family is hard to find

1901 census: Oliver (13) was at home with his parents at 37 West Street

1911 census: Oliver (23) was a Lance Corporal, Royal Berks Regt, in Meerut, India. His parents were home at 37 West Street

Next of kin after war: Parents at 48 King’s Road, Caversham, Reading

Ernest
BRIGHTMAN

Photo not yet obtained
Did not live
in Oxford
CWGC

Born in Little Linford, Bucks in 1892 (reg. second quarter)

† Died of wounds in France
31 August 1915, aged 23

[House “A”, West Street]

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 1st/1st Bucks Battalion (Service No: 2211)
Enlisted in Aylesbury

St Acheul French National Cemetery, Amiens, France: 12

Also remembered on Great Linford War Memorial

Parents: William BRIGHTMAN & Emily COOPER (married in Marylebone in the third quarter of 1872). They had thirteen children: ten still alive in 1911.

1901 census: Ernest (8) home with his parents in Rivett’s Yard, Great Linford, Bucks

1911 census: Ernest (18), an apprentice fitter, home with his parents at Great Linford

Ernest married Margaret HILL in the Newport Pagnell district in the fourth quarter of 1914

FMP says that Ernest lived in Felbridge in Sussex when he died. His brother, Arthur Brightman, was living at House A, West Street, Osney in 1911, and Ernest was probably added to memorial as a courtesy because Arthur was Churchwarden of St Frideswide 1903–1973.

Next of kin after war: parents in Great Linford, Bucks, and wife at Acacia Cottage, Felbridge, East Grinstead, Sussex

James
BROOKS

Brooks
OJI
17 Jul 1918
“Died of wounds” 

CWGC

Born in Wootton, near Woodstock in 1877 (reg. second quarter) and baptised there on 3 June 1877

† Died in UK
17 June 1918, aged 42

Botley Road

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 4th Reserve Battalion (Service No: 202017)

Wootton (St Mary) Churchyard,
Oxon, England

Parents: Thomas BROOKS & Emily STROUD (married at Wootton on 20 March 1869: both signed their name with a cross). They had at least six children

Father’s occupation: Agricultural labourer; Mother’s occupation: Gloveress

1881 census: James (2) was living at Crockwell, Wootton with his parents

1891 census: James (12) was living at Hordley, Wootton with his parents, and already working as an agricultural labourer

1901 census: James (23) was lodging at 56 Christchurch Street, Chelsea and working as a shop assistant. His parents were living on their own at the Killingworth Castle in Wootton

1911 census: James (33), who was still single, was living with his widowed father back in Wootton and working as a farm labourer again

James probably moved to Oxford after his father died in 1912 (reg. Woodstock fourth quarter). The OJI of 17 July 1918 says that he lived on the Botley Road.

Next of kin after war: Unknown

Henry
BROWN

Brown
OJI
17 Jan 1917
“Died of pleurisy”

CWGC

Born in New Botley on 9 August 1889

† Died of pleurisy in England
3 January 1917, aged 27

43 Hill View Road

Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class,
Royal Navy: HMS Indomitable (Service No: M/2647 (CH))

Funeral at St Frideswide’s Church on 8 January 1917, then interment at Osney Cemetery, England: Special Memorials section. See gravestone

The son of a GWR engine driver, Henry Brown came to New Botley with his family by 1908. He joined the Royal Navy by 1911. He married a Summertown girl less than six months before his death

⇒ Full biography

Francis
BROWNE

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

?CWGC

 

† 

Address uncertain

NOT FOUND

William Frederick
BURDEN

Burden
OJI
12 Jan 1916
“Invalided”

CWGC

Born in Ladywood (St Mark’s), Birmingham, in 1893 (reg. third quarter). Baptised as an “adult” (aged 17) at St Frideswide’s Church on 17 December 1910

† Killed in action in Belgium
23 October 1916, aged 23

7 Mill Street

Private, London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles), 15th Battalion (Service No: 6275)
Enlisted in London

Woods Cemetery, Belgium: III.B.9

Parents: Walter BURDEN & Mary Ann MERRY (married in the Headington district in the fourth quarter of 1886). They had four children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway wagon repairer (Gloucester Wagon Co. Ltd)

1901 census: William (7) was living with his parents at 7 Mill Street

1911 census: William (17), a dentist’s mechanic’s assistant, was living with his widowed father at 7 Mill Street

OJI says that William had moved to Walton Street by 12 Jan 1916, when he was invalided, prior to returning to the front.

Next of kin after war: his sister Miss Edith Mary Burden of 61 Iffley Road, Oxford.

[out of order on memorial]

Herbert
BUNCE

H. Bunce
OJI
10 Nov 1915
 “Patriotic families”

CWGC

Born at 4 Russell Street in 1894

† Killed in action in France
23 July 1916, aged  21 or 22

4 Russell Street

Lance Corporal, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 1st/4th Battalion (Service No: 2801)
Enlisted in Oxford

Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, France: XIII.J.17

The sons of a builder’s labourer, Herbert and Sidney Bunce were born and bred at 4 Russell Street. Their mother lost her husband in 1913, and by 1915 four of her sons were fighting in the First World War. Only two returned

 

⇒ Full biography

 

(Out of alphabetical order on the memorial)

Sidney
BUNCE

S. Bunce
OJI
7 Aug 1918
 “Prisoner” 

CWGC

Born at 4 Russell Street in 1896/7

† Died in France
14 June 1918, aged 21

4 Russell Street

Lance Corporal, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 20165)
Enlisted in Oxford

Premont British Cemetery, France: IV.A.41

Bertie Sidney
George BUSBY

B. Busby
OJI
27 Dec 1916
“Wounded and missing”

CWGC

Born at 2 Russell Street on 29 June 1896 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 18 June 1898

† Killed in action in France
23 July 1916, aged 20

10 Bridge Street

Private, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 1st/4th Battalion (Service No: 200210)
Enlisted in Oxford

Thiepval Memorial, France:
Pier and Face 10A & 10D

Parents: Eli John BUSBY & Elizabeth OSBORN (married in the Headington district in the fourth quarter of 1882). They had four children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Cab driver

1911 census: Bertie (3) was with his parents at 10 Bridge Street

1911 census: Bertie (13) was still at school and home with his parents at 10 Bridge Street

Next of kin after war: Unknown, probably parents. There was a John Busby listed at 10 Bridge Street in 1928

Henry
BUSBY

Photo not yet obtained
OJI
not found

?CWGC

?

† 

?

NOT FOUND

The only brother of Bertie (above) was called Ernest Arthur Henry BUSBY (born at 234 Marlborough Road on 30 November 1890 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 18 February 1891). He would seem a likely candidate, but he cannot be found in the CWGC database

The man who died is NOT the following. The OJI of 3 Apr 1918 shows a Cpl H. C. Busby of Duke Street, OBLI, with trench foot; and the 1911 census shows Harry Cyril Busby (15), telegraph messenger, living with family at 33 Duke Street. And he was baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 10 May 1896. BUT: Death of Harry C. Busby (58) registered in Oxford in 1954....

John Henry Busby, born Woodstock, who lived in Kidlington and died on 9 May 1915, is a possibility: CWGC

Herbert Thomas
BUSTIN

Bustin
OJI
3 Jul 1918
   “Killed”

CWGC

Born in Wytham in 1882/3 (reg. first quarter of 1883) and baptised at the church there on 1 April 1883

† Killed in action in France
11 April 1918, aged 36

22 Duke Street

Private, South Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Battalion (Service No: 235090)
Formerly 8555, Bedfordshire Regiment.

Loos Memorial, France: Panel 76

Parents: Henry BUSTIN & Eliza Sarah HASTINGS (married at Wytham on 1 February 1869). They had nine children: seven still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Cattleman on farm

1891 census: Herbert (8) was home with his parents at Wytham

1901 census: Herbert (18), an under-cattleman on a farm, was living with his parents at Wytham

Herbert married Rosanna TOMKINS in the Crickhowell district in the third quarter of 1908

1911 census: Herbert (28) was a cowman on a farm, living with his wife in Botley. They do not appear to have had any children

FMP says Herbert was living at Cokethorpe, Witney and enlisted in Oxford

Next of kin after war: Parents at Wytham; and wife at 22 Duke Street (still there in 1928)

William George 
CALCUTT

Photo not yet obtained
OJI
Not found 

CWGC

[Spelt CALLCUT on memorial]

Born at Lee Green, Kent in 1894/5 (reg. first quarter of 1895)

† Died of broncho-pneumonia in Greece
16 December 1918, aged 23

31 East Street

Private, Royal Army Service Corps, 910th Mechanical Transport Company (Service No: M2/102347)

Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece:  983

Also listed (as George Calcutt) on the Great War memorial of the former Holy Trinity Church in Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe’s

Parents: William John CALCUTT & Mary Ann BLAKE (married in the first quarter of 1891 in the Abingdon district). They had ten children: eight still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Baker

1901 census: William (6) was living with his parents at 5 Stanley Terrace, Sun Street, Great Burstead, Billericay

1911 census: William (16), a builder’s improver, was living with his parents at 4 Gonsalva Road, Battersea

At the time of his enlistment on October 7, 1914, Calcutt  gave his home address as 138 Fifth Avenue in Kilburn.

George married Frances May WALTER at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe’s, Oxford on 27 December 1915. The couple lived at 31 East Street, Osney, and do not appear to have had any children

Next of kin after war: Parents in Lee Green, Kent and wife at 31 East Street

George was admitted to the 52nd General Hospital (a collection of wooden huts) at Kalamaria in Greece on 4 December 1918 after the war was over, and died there twelve days later.

Alfred William
CLIFFORD

Clifford
OJI 4 Oct 1916
 “Killed”

CWGC

Born in Jericho, Oxford on 12 November 1894 and baptised at St Barnabas’s Church on 22 November 1894

† Killed in action in Belgium
25 September 1915, aged 21

28 Alexandra Road

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry,5th Battalion (Service No: 10977)

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium:
Panel 37 & 39

Parents: Walter CLIFFORD & Catherine WALKER (married in Oxford in the first quarter of 1880). They had twelve children: eleven still alive in 1911.

Father’s trade: Printer’s labourer, later bricklayer

1901 census: Alfred (6) and Bernard (4) were with their parents at 7 Mount Street in Jericho

1911 census: Alfred (16) was an apprentice printer and Bernard (14) was still at school. They were both still living with their parents at 7 Mount Street. They must have moved to Alexandra Road around the time of the war

Next of kin after war: Their widowed mother at 28 Alexandra Road

Bernard Wilfred
CLIFFORD

B. Clifford
OJI
5 Sep 1917
  “Killed”

CWGC

Born in Oxford in 1897 (reg. second quarter), baptism not found

† Killed in action in Belgium
31 July 1917, aged 20

28 Alexandra Road

Private, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 25th Company (Service No: 60564)
Enlisted in Oxford, formerly PS/10754, Royal Fusiliers

Aeroplane Cemetery, Belgium: II.C.28

Ernest Shipton
CLINCH

Clinch
OJI 20 Jan 1915
“Killed in action”

CWGC

Born at Egerton Cottages, Wallingford in 1887 (reg. third quarter) and baptised at St Leonard’s Church there on 4 September 1887

† Killed in action in France
21 December 1914, aged 26

32 Earl Street

Private, 7th Dragoon Guards
(Princess Royal’s) (Service No: 3888)

Le Touret Memorial, France: Panel 1

Parents: James Michael Shipton CLINCH & Elizabeth DICKENSON (married in Stroud in the third quarter of 1886). They had nine children, all still alive in 1911

Father’s occupation: Fireman of the Railway Company Locomotive Department

James & Elizabeth Clinch’s first two children, Ernest and his sister Martha Isabella, were born at Egerton Cottages in St Leonard’s parish, Wallingford (baptised respectively at their parish church on 4 September 1887 and 27 April 1889). The family then moved to Botley with Martha but not Ernest, and had seven more children, including Gilbert.

1891 census: Ernest (3) may be the Ernest Michael Clinch (wrong middle name), born Wallingford, living with his aunt, Mrs Isabella Goodship (née Clinch) and her husband and two young children at 105 Edgehill Street, Reading. Meanwhile Ernest’s father had moved to Oxford and was living at 32 Earl Street with his wife, his daughter Martha, and the new baby James (two months).

1901 census: Ernest (c.13) hard to find. Gilbert (8) was living with his parents at 32 Earl Street

1911 census: Ernest (c.23) hard to find. Gilbert (18) was an out-of-work general labourer, living with his parents at 32 Earl Street. Martha (22) was living at Wood Lawn in Norham Road as a housemaid of the Professor of Chinese

Mrs Elizabeth Clinch, the mother of Ernest and Gilbert, died in Oxford at the age of 66 in 1925 (registered third quarter).

Next of kin for Ernest after the war: His father at 32 Earl Street and the late Elizabeth Clinch. No one is listed for Gilbert, but they are likely to be the same.

In the 1911 census, the boys’ father said he and his wife had had seven children, but they may only have been including the ones still at home. He also said that they had been married for 22 years, when in fact it was 24 years.

Gilbert Shipton
CLINCH

G. Clinch
OJI
22 Nov 1916
“Killed”

CWGC

Born at 32 Earl Street, Oxford in 1892/3 (reg. first quarter of 1893) and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 16 April 1893

† Killed in action in France
9 October 1916, aged 23

32 Earl Street

Private, London Regiment, 1st/23rd Battalion (Service No: 5841)
Enlisted in Oxford; formerly 22623, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry.

Thiepval Memorial, France:
Pier and Face 9D, 9C, 13C & 12C

Stanley George
Dade COVEY

Covey
OJI
30 Jan 1918
“Killed”

CWGC

Born in Trowbridge, Wilts in 1897 (reg. second quarter)

† Killed in action in France
28 April 1917, aged 20

19 Barrett Street

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, “D” Company, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 200445)
Enlisted at Oxford

Thiepval Memorial, France:
Pier and Face 10A & 10D

Parents: George Harry COVEY & Annie DADE (married in Yeovil district in the first quarter of 1890). They had two children: both still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: GWR engine driver

1911 census: Stanley (4) at home with his parents at 19 Barrett Street

1911 census: Stanley (14) was still at school and home with his parents at 19 Barrett Street

Next of kin after war: Parents at 19 Barrett Street

Norman Nolan
DAVIS

Norman Davis
OJI
18 December 1918
“Prisoner”   

CWGC

Born in Kidlington in 1893 (reg. Woodstock district third quarter) and baptised at Kidlington Church on 16 July 1893

† Held as prisoner and died in hospital in Germany 16 October 1918, aged 25

Medley Manor Lodge

Private, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 50th Company (Service No. 36548). Enlisted at Oxford. Formerly 22415 OBLI

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany: VI.F.11

Also on Kidlington war memorial

Parents: Frank DAVIS and Leah Louisa MILES (married in the Woodstock registration district in the fourth quarter of 1887). They had three children (all still alive in 1911)

Father’s occupation: Baker, then Market gardener, then Publican

1901 census: Norman (7) was at home with his parents and two siblings in Moor Street, Kidlington. His father was then a market gardener

1911 census: Norman (17) was at home with his parents and two siblings at the King’s Arms Inn in Moor Street, Kidlington, helping his father, who was the landlord

Norman (or his father) probably went to work for Arthur Henry Taylor, MA, who lived at Medley Manor and ran the Manor dairy farm, some time between 1911 and 1916: possibly William Davis, the Binsey milk carrier, was his relation

The OJI caption indicates that his parents still did not know that he had died two months after his death, and a month after the Armistice

Next of kin after war: Not named, probably his parents

Lawrence Wilfred
EDWARDS

L. Edwards
OJI
2 May 1917
“Missing, believed drowned”

CWGC

Born at 72 Bridge Street, Oxford in 1895

† Drowned when the hospital ship Lafranc was torpedoed between Le Havre and Southampton
17 April 1917, aged 22

49 Hill View Road

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps (Service No: 23307)
Enlisted in Southampton

Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

The son of a GWR goods guard, Lawrence was born and bred in Osney. He worked as a college servant. There are plaques both to him and his mother on the wall of St Frideswide’s Church

⇒ Full biography

Richard
EDWARDS

Edwards
OJI 15 Mar 1916
“Died of wounds”

CWGC

Born at Ducklington near Witney in 1887 (reg. fourth quarter) and baptised there on 29 January 1888

† Died in France
25 February 1916, aged 28

8 East Street [OJI says Earl Street]

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery,
59th Siege Battery (Service No: 24999)
Enlisted in Oxford

Chocques Military Cemetery,
France: I.H.112

Parents: John EDWARDS & Mary HARRIS (married in the Witney registration district in the third quarter of 1879). They had nine children (all still alive in 1911)

Father’s occupation: Labourer

FMP says he was living at Beckley when he enlisted. Parents were at 27 Pensons Gardens in 1911

1891 census: Richard (3) was living with his parents and six of his siblings at Witney Road, Ducklington

1901 census: Richard (13) was already working as an agricultural labourer and living with his parents and four of his siblings in Ducklington

1911 census: Richard (23) was an indoor servant with the 59th Siege Company of the RGA in Roorkee, India, while his parents were living at 27 Pensons Gardens, St Ebbe’s. They subsequently moved to Osney

Next of kin after war: Parents at 8 East Street

Ernest Albert
ELTHAM

Eltham
OJI 26 Jul 1916
"Killed”

CWGC

Born at Grove Street in Wantage in 1879

† Killed in action in Belgium
25 September 1915, aged 36

97 Bridge Street

Lance Serjeant, Royal Berkshire
Regiment, 2nd Battalion (Service No: 5694)
Enlisted at Reading

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium:
Panel 7 & 8

The child of a single mother, Ernest Eltham was brought up in Wantage by his grandparents. He married there, and by 1909 came to Osney to work for the Great Western Railway as a porter. His third child was baptised at St Frideswide’s Church

⇒ Full biography

William
ESSON

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born in North Oxford in 1873

† Killed when his ship was torpedoed near Malta on 27 April 1916, aged 42

Bridge House, Botley Road

Major, Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Russell

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel reference 21

The son of the University of Oxford Savilian Professor of Geometry, William Esson grew up in North Oxford and joined the navy at the age of 20 in 1893. He came to live in the Botley Road after his marriage

⇒ Full biography

Frederick James
EVANS

Evans
OJI 14 Jun 1916

“Heroes lost at sea” 

CWGC

Born in Gloucester on 30 June 1894

† Drowned in the North Sea with all 857 crew when his ship sank during Battle of Jutland
31 May 1916, aged 21

11 Arthur Street

Leading Signalman, Royal Navy:
HMS Black Prince (Service No: J/10916)

Portsmouth Naval Memorial:
Panel 14

Parents: Frederick Richard EVANS and Bessie Annie May JARVIS (married in the Cirencester district in the fourth quarter of 1893). They had four children: three still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Shoeing & general smith; later Boiler smith

1901 census: Frederick (6) is hard to find. His parents were living at Dean Row, Coln St Aldwyn, Glos with their two younger sons

1911 census: Frederick (16) is hard to find. His parents were home at 11 Arthur Street with their two younger sons

Misnamed as William Evans in OJI (left). Same article shows his brother, Harry George Evans, who was saved from HMS Tiger

Next of kin after war: Parents at 11 Arthur Street

John William
FENEMORE

Fenemore
OJI 7 July 1915
“Wounded” (earlier)

CWGC

Born in North Hinksey in 1873/4 and baptised there on 8 March 1874

† Died in Mesopotamia
20 April 1918, aged 44

Duke Street [?No. 24]

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 1st Battalion (Service No: 10111)
Enlisted in Oxford

Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery), Iraq: XVIII.E.8

The son of a master boot & shoe maker, John Fenemore moved with his parents from North Hinksey to Osney in 1874, and became a carpenter. He moved to St Thomas’s parish after his wedding in 1900, but was back in Duke Street by 1915. His was a sad life: by 1912 his parents, his wife, his two daughters, and five of his six brothers and sisters were all dead, and his only surviving sister had moved away. His son, however, survived

⇒ Full biography

Ernest
FINLAYSON

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

?CWGC

Born in ?

† 

Address uncertain

NOT FOUND

1901 and 1911 census: Hard to find. No one with the surname Finlayson was living in Oxford in either year, and no one called Ernest Finlayson died in the First World War.

It seems likely that the George Ernest Finlayson who died aged 20 on 26 October 1917 is the right man (see CWGC link left).

He was born in Cork and the 1911 census shows him living with his parents in Macclesfield, where he enlisted. It is possible that his parents moved to Osney during the war. They were in Henley at time of his death.

Reginald Elwin
FULBROOK

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born at 95 Bridge Street, Oxford on 14 August 1897 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 3 October 1897

† Killed in action in Belgium
 26 October 1917, aged 20

12 West Street

Private, Devonshire Regiment,
9th Battalion (Service No: 31372)
Enlisted in Swindon

Hooge Crater Cemetery,
Belgium: IX.J.11

Parents: Joseph FUL[L]BROOK & Fanny GODFREY (married in Oxford in the third quarter of 1895). They had five children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Platelayer

1901 census: Family living at 95 Bridge Street, inc. Reginald (4) and Norman Sidney (1)

1911 census: Sidney (11) was at school and living at 12 West Street with his parents. Sidney Norman Fulbrook (14) is hard to find.

Next of kin after war: Widowed mother at 12 West Street

 

Sidney perished because of the new rule of March 1918 that sent boys aged 18 years and 7 months to the Front.

Sidney Norman
FULBROOK

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

?CWGC

Born at 95 Bridge Street, Oxford on 7 January 1900 and baptised as Norman Sidney Fulbrook at St Frideswide’s Church on 17 February 1900

† Died in France
24 August 1918, aged 18

12 West Street

Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 51st Battalion (Service No: 56162)
Enlisted in Cambridge

Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre,
France: Div. 62, V.B.4

George Henry 
Kingston FULLER

Fuller
OJI
13 Sep 1916
 “Killed”

CWGC

Born at Charney/Pusey in 1879

† Killed in action in France
16 August 1916, aged 37

5 Alexandra Road

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 1st/4th Battalion (Service No: 5043).

Thiepval Memorial,
Pier and Face 10A & 10D;
also on OUP war memorial

The son of a Pusey gardener and deaf mother, George was sent to live with a childless uncle and aunt in Oxford, which greatly improved his prospects: unlike his brothers, he did not have to start work at 12. He became a compositor at Oxford University Press, and married in 1904 and settled in Osney. He had no children, and volunteered to serve in the war.

⇒ Full biography

Walter
GIBBONS

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

?

† 

Address uncertain

May have been the Walter Gibbons born in Sheffield on 25 September 1897 who served in the Canadian Infantry. Canadian records say that this man was born in Oxford, but that may have been his last place of residence in the UK.

Connection with Osney area to be established. A Lawrence Henry Gibbons lived at 3 Alexandra Road and a Richard Gibbons at 32 Bridge Street by 1911: both had families, but neither had a son called Walter

William John
HALL

Hall
OJI 30 Aug 1916
“Wounded”

CWGC (age of 22
should read 23)

Born in Woodstock on 3 March 1894 and baptised there on 15 April 1894

† Killed in action in Salonika
9 May 1917, aged 23

47 Bridge Street

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 7th Battalion (Service No: 8598)
Enlisted in Oxford

Doiran Memorial, Greece

Parents: Edwin HALL & Beatrice Emily TAYLOR (married in Woodstock in the third quarter of 1893). They had four children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Innkeeper in 1901, Groom in 1911

1901 census: William (6) was living with his parents in Kidlington.

William’s mother died at the age of 34 in 1907 (reg. second quarter)

1911 census shows William (16) living with his widowed father and grandfather in Woodstock and working as a groom

OJI says that when he suffered an earlier wounding in the war in 1916, William was living in east Oxford.

Next of kin after war: Widowed father at 47 Bridge Street

Henry James
[Harry] HARBUD

Harbud
OJI
23 May 1917
“Killed”

CWGC

Born at 30 East Street in 1893/4 (reg. first quarter of 1894) and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 9 April 1894

† Killed in action in France
28 April 1917, aged 23

41 Bridge Street

Corporal, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 201477)
Enlisted in Oxford

Thiepval Memorial, France:
Pier and Face 10A & 10

Parents: Frederick HARBUD & Lydia SILMAN (married in the Witney area in the third quarter of 1891). They had nine children: six still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Worked for the Co-op, first as a porter and then as an oil salesman

1901 census: Harry (7) was with his parents at 41 Bridge Street

1911 census: Harry (18), was a grocer’s porter, living with his parents at 41 Bridge Street

Frank William
HARTWELL

Hartwell
OJI 12 July 1916
“Died of wounds”

CWGC

Born at 17 East Street, Oxford on 22 July 1897 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 22 August 1897

† Died of wounds in France
1 July 1916, aged 18

20 Oatlands Road

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, “D” Company, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 4199)

Laventie Military Cemetery,
La Gorgue, France: II.B.10

Parents: Frank William Keen HARTWELL & Florence Twigg COLLIN (married in the Abingdon district in the first quarter of 1888). They had seven children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Compositor

1901 census: Frank (3) was at 17 East Street with his parents

1911 census: Frank (13) was still at school and living at 17 East Street with his parents.

The family are listed at 20 Oatlands Road by the time of Kelly’s Directory for 1915.

Next of kin after war: Parents at 20 Oatlands Road

Frank must have lied about his age, as in 1916 soldiers could not be sent to the Front until they were 19.

Lewis John
Oliver HOLLIDAY

Holliday
OJI
27 Feb 1918
 “Killed”

CWGC

Born at 24 Earl Street, Oxford in 1894/5 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 17 February 1895.

† Died of wounds in France
30  January 1918, aged 23

10 Earl Street

Private, 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars (Service No: 29660)

Tincourt New British Cemetery,
France: VI.J.21

Parents: John Edwin HOLLIDAY & Isabella JAMES (married at Newcastle-under-Lyme in the first quarter of 1894). They had five children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Builder’s labourer

1901: Lewis (6) was at home with his parents at 10 Earl Street

1911 census: Lewis (16), a butcher’s errand boy, was still living at 10 Earl Street with his parents

Next of kin: Parents at 10 Earl Street

William G.
HUNT

Hunt
OJI 12 May 1915
“Awarded D.C.M.”

CWGC

Born in ?

† Killed in action in France
9 May 1915 , aged ?

39 Hill View Road

Rifleman, Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion (Service No: 2615)

Rue-David Military Cemetery,
Fleurbaix, France: II.D.12

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Parents: George HUNT & Mary ?

Hard to identify the family in the censuses

William appears to have been living in Broad Street at the time he was killed.

Next of kin after war: Parents at 39 Hill View Road

Stanley Rudolph
HUTSON

Hutson
OJI
12 Sep 1917
“Killed”  

CWGC

Born in North Hinksey in 1893 (reg. second quarter) and baptised there (as Rudolf Stanley) on 14 May 1893

† Killed in action in Belgium
17 August 1917, aged 24

27 Bridge Street

Lance Corporal, Oxford & Bucks
Light Infantry, “A” Company,
1st/4th Battalion (Service No: 201704)

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium:
Panel 96–98

Parents: Francis (Frank) HUTSON & Fanny HARRIS (married in North Hinksey Church on 6 December 1886). They had nine children: all still alive in 1911 (Father declared only eight on census form that year, but this seems to be an error).

Father’s occupation: Shepherd on farm

1901 census: The family, including Stanley (8), was living in North Hinksey village

1911 census: Stanley (18) was an apprentice hairdresser in Bootle. His parents were at 25 [sic] Bridge Street with their other eight children

Next of kin after the war: Parents at 27 Bridge Street

Albert Frederick
INWOOD

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born in Chesterton near Bicester in 1887/8 (reg. first quarter of 1888) and baptised there on 1 April 1888

† Killed in action at Gallipoli
6 August 1915, aged 28

9 Park End Street

Private, Hampshire Regiment,
2nd Battalion (Service No: 17259)
Formerly 7980, OBLI.

Helles Memorial, Turkey:
Panel 125–134 or 223–226,
228–229 & 328

Son of Richard INWOOD & Frances Mary WELCH (married in the Wellingborough district in second quarter of 1869). They had at least six children

Father’s occupation: Gardener’s labourer

1891 census: Albert (3) was at home with his parents and siblings in Chesterton

1901 census: Albert (13) was the only child left at home with his parents in Chesterton

Albert’s mother died at the age of 59 in 1910 and was buried at Chesterton Church on 8 June

1911 census: Albert (24) was a Corporal in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, based at Cowley Barracks

In the first quarter of 1915 Alfred married Lilian Frances MORRIS in Oxford, but was killed a few months later

Next of kin after the war: His wife at 9 Park End Street, Oxford.

Frank Harold
JENKINS

F.H. Jenkins
OJI
4 Oct 1916
“Missing” 

CWGC

Born in Oxford in 1899

† Killed in action in France
23 July 1916, aged 16

31 Henry Road

Private,  Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 1st/4th Battalion (Service No: 4504)

Pozières British Cemetery,
Ovillers-La Boiselle, France: I.B.33

Son of a milkman, who must have lied about his age in order to enlist in the army. Walter Jenkins (below) was his uncle

⇒ Full biography

Walter
JENKINS

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born in Jericho, Oxford on 25 January 1880

† Killed in action in Gallipoli on 10 August 1915, aged 35

38 Duke Street

Private, Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment), 5th Battalion (Service No: 3/227). Enlisted in London

Helles Memorial, Turkey:
Panel 156 to 158

The son of a coachsmith who grew up in Osney, Walter Jenkins joined the Grenadier Guards in 1898 and fought in the South African war. He came out of the army in 1910 and worked as a labourer in a cabinet works in Bedford, and volunteered to serve near the beginning of the First World War. His father died in the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1887, and his mother in Cowley Road workhouse in 1912. Henry Jenkins (above) was Walter’s nephew (the son of his older brother Frank)

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(George) Daniel
KING

G. King
OJI 27 Oct 1915
“Died of wounds”

CWGC

Born at 8 [?24] Earl Street, Oxford on 28 July 1888 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 19 September 1888

† Died of wounds in France
27 September 1915, aged 27

135 Botley Road (then numbered 123)

Lance Corporal, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 9th Battalion (Service No: 13523). Enlisted in Llanelli

Chocques Military Cemetery, France: I.E.23

Parents: Charles KING & Eleanor HASTNGS (married in the second quarter of 1880 in the Abingdon district). They had eight children: four still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Porter at Ashmolean Museum; later an Engine stoker
Mother’s occupation: Laundress

1891 census: George (2) was then the baby of the family, at home with his parents at 24 Earl Street

1901 census: George (12) and Harry (9) were at home with their parents at 24 Earl Street

1911 census: George (22) is hard to find; Harry (19), a GWR carriage cleaner, was at home with his parents at 123 (later 135) Botley Road

Next of kin after war: Parents at 135 Botley Road. This house was on the eastern corner of Earl Street, and has been demolished

Harry
KING

H. King
OJI
2 May 1917
“Wounded and drowned”

CWGC

Born at 8 [?24] Earl Street, Oxford in 1892 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 24 April 1892

† Killed in action at sea
17 April 1917, aged 25

135 Botley Road (then numbered 123)

Private, Devonshire Regiment,
8th Battalion (Service No: 18671). Enlisted in Swansea

Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

Albert James
LUCAS

Lucas
OJI
6 Jun 1917
  “Died of wounds”

CWGC

Born in St Thomas’s parish, Oxford in 1894

† Died of wounds in France
16 May 1917, aged 22

The present 92 Botley Road

Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, 66th Squadron and General List.

Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France: XI.A.4

Also on Oxford City Boys’ High School memorial

The son of a prosperous hide & skin merchant and broker, Albert Lucas grew up in a large house with servants on the Botley Road. He was married at St Frideswide’s Church, and his only child was born two months after his death

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William Joshua
MACE

Mace
OJI
15 May 1918
“Killed”  

CWGC

Born in Leamington in 1888 (reg. fourth quarter)

† Killed in action in France
23 March 1918, aged 29

11 South Street

Lance Corporal, Royal Marine Light Infantry, 1st Royal Marine Battalion (Service No: CH/2441(S))

Arras Memorial, France: Bay 1

The son of a painter & decorator, William Joshua Mace grew up in Leamington Spa. He came to lodge in Osney as a gas fitter, and later became a GWR linesman. He married a local girl, and they had one daughter, baptised at St Frideswide’s Church; he died before she was five months old

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George Cecil
MAJOR

Major
OJI
25 Sep 1918
“Died of wounds”  

CWGC

Born in Cirencester in 1899 (reg. second quarter)

† Died of wounds in France
4 September 1918, aged 19

East Street

Corporal, Hampshire Regiment,
1st Battalion (Service No: 28632)
Enlisted at Oxford

Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery,
Averdoingt, France: IV.A.4

Parents: George Ernest MAJOR & Annie Elizabeth EASTON (married in the Yeovil district in the third quarter of 1892). They had six children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway engine driver

1901 census: George (1) was with his parents in South Street

1911 census: George (11) was still at school and living with his parents at 11 South Street

Next of kin after war: Parents in Oxford

William Alfred
MALLET[T]

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

not found  

CWGC

Born in Battersea in 1895 (reg. third quarter)

† Killed in action in France
23 October 1918, aged 23

17 Henry Road

Private,  East Surrey Regiment,
8th Battalion (Service No: 38143)
Enlisted at Hounslow

Forest Communal Cemetery, France: A.8

Awarded Military Medal (M.M.)

Report about medal:
OJI
31 October 1917

Presentation of medal:
OJI 13 February 1918

Parents: William MALLETT & Amelia TREVILLION (married at Wandsworth in the third quarter of 1891). They had four children: three still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Labourer in a crucible works

1901 census: William (5) was with his parents at 36 Church Road, Battersea

1911 census: William (15) with no occupation given, was living with his parents at 36 Church Road, Battersea

OJI gives his address as 17 Henry Road.

Next of kin after war: His widowed mother at 36 Church Road, Battersea

Alfred
MOBEY

Mobey
OJI
19 Sep 1917
 “Killed”

CWGC

Born in Oxford in 1892

† Killed in action in Belgium
22 August 1917, aged 24

24 Barrett Street

Serjeant, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 201057)

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium:
Panel 96–98

Alfred was born at his fatherís beerhouse at 3 Rewley Road, Oxford and moved to Osney with his family as a small child when his father became a pianoforte porter. When he was 18, Alfred was working as a footman at Cuddesdon College

⇒ Full biography

Walter Robert
NORTH

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born in Devizes in 1886

† Wounded, probably at Ypres,
and died of wounds in UK
26 May 1915, aged 27

1 Hythe Bridge Street

Private, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars, 2nd/1st (Service No: 1607)

Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, UK: I1.26

The son of a prison officer, Walter North was born in Devizes. His father came to Oxford by 1901 and was employed as a Proctor’s "bulldog". Walter worked as a tram conductor, and was married in 1907. He had four children: the last was born after his death and was given the middle name “Ypres” at his baptism at St Frideswide’s Church

⇒ Full biography

William George H.
NORTH

W. G. North
OJI
31Jan 1917
“Died in Africa”

CWGC

Born at 48 Mill Street, Oxford in 1891 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 17 January 1892

† Died in Nigeria
10  January 1917, aged 26

12 Barrett Street

Corporal, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion, attached Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force (Service No: 3343)

Morogoro Cemetery, Nigeria: VIII.E.1

The son of a gardener, William spent all his life in Osney. His mother died when he was six, and when his father remarried and moved into his new wife’s home nearby, William remained with his older married brother at 12 Barrett Street. He was employed as a cutter in an underclothing factory

⇒ Full biography

Ernest Leslie
NORTON

Norton
OJI
21 Nov 1917
“Killed”  

CWGC

Born in Yarnton in 1896/7 (reg. first quarter of 1897) and baptised there in March 1897

† Killed in action in Belgium
19 October 1917, aged 21

29 Henry Road

Private, Royal Berkshire Regiment “B” Company, 2nd Battalion (Service No: 220079)

Prowse Point Military Cemetery,
Belgium: III.B.31

Parents: Charles NORTON & Ellen (Nellie) PONTING (married in the Cirencester district in the third quarter of 1890). They had five children, all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: GWR Signalman

1901 census: Ernest (4) was with his parents at Lower Village, Cassington

1911 census: Ernest (14) was still at school, and living with his parents at 95 Bridge Street

The family was still living at 95 Bridge Street in 1915 (Kelly’s), but they must have moved to 29 Henry Road between then and 1917. ( The OJI photograph (left) has Henley Road for Henry Road.)

Next of kin after war: Parents at 29 Henry Road

Richard
PALMER

Palmer
OJI
21 Apr 1915
“Killed in action”

CWGC

Born at 20 West Street, Oxford in 1892/3 (reg. first quarter of 1893) and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 2 April 1893

† Killed in action in France
25  January 1915, aged 21 or 22

29 Hill View Road

Private,  Coldstream Guards, 1st Battalion (Service No: 12393)
Enlisted at Stratford, Essex

Le Touret Memorial, France:
Panels 2 & 3

Parents: Henry PALMER & Ellen TOWNSEND (married in Oxford in the second quarter of 1883). They had seven children: six still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Labourer

1901 census: Richard (8) was with his parents at 29 Hill View Road

1911 census: Richard (18) was working as a barman at his parents’ pub, the King’s Head, at Potter Street, Harlow, Essex.

OJI published his photograph on 10 February 1915 when he was missing, and again on 21 April 1915 when it was confirmed that he had been killed, describing him as “late of Hill View Road”.

William
PARSONS

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

?CWGC

Born in ?

† 

Address uncertain

The possible CWGC man was Reginald William Parsons: FMP say he was born and enlisted in Oxford. He was aged 11 and at school living at 52 Juxon Street in 1911. OJI 29 May 1918 states that he lived in Norreys Avenue

An Albert Edward Parsons lived at 6 Arthur Street and had children baptised at St F 1902 & 1904: could this be his brother? He was still there in 1928

Ernest
PEART

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born in Chawley, Cumnor in 1877 (probably the Ernest Pearsy reg. in second quarter) and baptised at Cumnor as Ernest Piert on 1 July 1877

† Died of wounds in France
1 August 1916, aged 39

38 Duke Street

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion (Service No: 8759)
Enlisted in Oxford

Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France: Plot 2, Row A, Grave 11

Parents: John PEART & Fanny SLADE (married in the Witney district in the first quarter of 1869). They had eight children: six still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Farm labourer

Ernest joined the 3rd Battalion of he Royal Berkshire Regiment on 15 October 1894 when he was aged 17yrs 3mths (Service No. 4860). His full army records, including some convictions, are available on FMP. He served in the South African Campaign.

1901 census: Ernest was probably in South Africa. His parents were at home at 38 Duke Street

1911 census: Ernest Peart (33), unmarried, was working as an engineer’s labourer and living with his parents at 38 Duke Street.

Next of kin after the war: His parents at 38 Duke Street (mother Fanny misnamed Mary by CWGC)

George
RUMBLE

G. Rumble
OJI
16 May 1917
“Killed”

CWGC

Born in Cholsey in 1879 (reg. third quarter) and baptised there on 12 March 1880

† Killed in action in Belgium
25 September 1915, aged 36

Barrett Street

Rifleman, Rifle Brigade,
2nd Battalion (Service No: S/11254)
Enlisted in Oxford; formerly 65020 RFA

Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium: Panel 10

Parents: Frank RUMBLE & Mary DANN (married in the Medway district in the fourth quarter of 1885). They had fifteen children: nine still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway plate-layer

1881 census: George (2) was at home with his parents at The Forty, Cholsey

1891 census: George (11), who was at school, and Walter (7 months) were at home with their parents at 18 Barrett Street

1901 census: George (23), who was working as a railway engine stoker, was boarding at 13 Orchard Road, Birkenhead. He is described as married, but this may be an error (although a George Rumble did get married in the Abingdon district in the fourth quarter of 1891). Walter (10) was at home with his parents at 18 Barrett Street

1911 census: George (30) was a railway porter and Walter (20) was a railway labourer. Both were described as single, and at home with their parents at 18 Barrett Street

By 1915 the family must have moved to Ascott-under-Wychwood, as FMP says both Walter and George lived in the Chipping Norton area.

Next of kin after war: Parents at Ascott-under-Wychwood

Walter
RUMBLE

W. Rumble
OJI
16 May 1917
“Wounded”

CWGC

Born in Osney in 1890 (reg. third quarter)

† Killed in action in Belgium
16 August 1917, aged 26

18 Barrett Street

Private, Royal Irish Fusiliers, 7th/8th Battalion (Service No: 23852)
Enlisted in Oxford, and was formerly 18832, OBLI

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium: Panel 42

Frank James
RUSSELL

Russell
OJI
28 Aug 1918
“Killed” 

CWGC

Born in Swindon in 1896 (birth reg. as Frank Charles J. Russell in third quarter)

† Died in France
8 August 1918, aged 22

12 Hill View Road

Serjeant, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 201225)

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery,
Morbecque, France: Plot 1, Row D

Parents: Francis RUSSELL & Susan CRAYFORD (married in the Highworth registration district in the third quarter of 1884). They had ten children, all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway engine driver

1901 census: Frank (4) was living at 21 Manchester Road, Swindon with his parents and five of his siblings

1911 census: Frank (14) was still at school and living with his parents and six of his siblings at 10 Helen Road

The family probably moved to 12 Hill View Road before the end of the war, as the OJI (left) says that Frank lived there at the time of his death

Next of kin after war: Parents at 12 Hill View Road

Henry William
SAUNDERS

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC (age wrong)

Born at 38 Bridge Street on 23 September 1883 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 1 December 1883

† Died of disease in Italy
22 April 1918, aged 34

38 Bridge Street

Petty Officer Stoker, Royal Navy
HMS Earl of Peterborough (Service No: O/N305500)

La Spezia (Boschetti) Communal Cemetery, Italy: 774 North side (Protestant section)

Parents: Albert SAUNDERS & Mary Ann (surname unknown), who were married in 1874/5. They had fourteen children: nine still alive in 1911.

1891 census: Henry (7) was at school and living with his parents and six of his siblings at 38 Bridge Street

1901 census: Henry (18) was working as a Boots in a boarding house at 10 & 12 Trinity Road, Scarborough. His parents were at 38 Bridge Street with six of his siblings

1911 census: Henry (28), who had already joined the navy, was away at sea. His parents were at 38 Bridge Street with three of his siblings.

Next of kin after war: His mother at 38 Bridge Street

John Wesley SIMMONDS

Simmonds
OJI
11 Sep 1918
“Died of wounds” 

CWGC

Born in Southborough, Kent in 1897/8 (reg. first quarter of 1898)

† Died of wounds in France
26 August 1918, aged 20

22 Bridge Street

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion (Service No: 203336)
Enlisted at Oxford, was formerly 2232, QOOH.

St Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent, France: N. 15

Parents: Charles John SIMMONDS & Ada NEWMAN (married in the Abingdon district in the second quarter of 1894). They had eight children: seven still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Carman to GWR; later a carting agent

1901 census: John (3) was living with his parents at 27 Christ Church New Buildings, Oxford

1911 census: John (13) was still at school, and was at home at 22 Bridge Street with his parents and six of his siblings

Walter George
SIMMS

Simms
OJI
17 Apr 1918
“Killed” 

CWGC

Born in Cowley St John in 1895 (reg. fourth quarter)

† Killed in action in France
26 March 1918, aged 22

Mill Street

Private, Army Cyclist Corps, 6th Corps (Service No: 13012)
Enlisted in Oxford, formerly 2243 OBLI

Arras Memorial, France, Bay 10

Parents: George James SIMMS and Cassie UDELL (married at Cowley St John Church on 20 January 1894; Cassie signed with cross). They had eight children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway porter, later Cab driver

1901 census: Walter (5) was with his family at 6 Gordon Street, St Aldate’s

1911 census: Walter (15) was still at school and with his family at 7 Russell Street

They were still at 7 Russell Street in 1915, but OJI gives Walter’s address in 1918 as Mill Street

Next of kin after war: Presumably his parents

George Edwin
Lovell SIMPSON

Simpson
OJI 9 Aug 1916
“Killed”

CWGC

Born in Oxford in 1896 (reg. third quarter)

† Killed in action in France
19 July 1916, aged 20

105 Bridge Street

Private, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 4317)

Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France: II.D.3

Parents: William Joseph SIMPSON & Elizabeth ?

George’s father is listed at 105 Bridge Street in 1915

FMP gives George’s first middle name as Edward rather than Edwin

Next of kin: Parents at 30 Marlborough Road, Oxford

Francis Hugh Silvester SMITH

F. Smith
OJI
25 Apr 1917
“Killed” 

CWGC

Born in Oxford in 1895 (reg. second quarter)

† Killed in action in France
6 April 1917, aged 22

17 Hill View Road

Lance Serjeant, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion; OJI says Light Trench Mortar Battery (Service No: 201177)

Vermand Communal Cemetery, France: A.1

Parents: Francis Hugh SMITH & Elizabeth REEVES (married in the Ashby de la Zouch area in the second quarter of 1886). They had seven children: five still alive in 1911.

1901 census: Francis (6) was living with his parents and four of his siblings at 17 Hill View Road

1911 census: Francis (16), who was working as a probationer draper’s apprentice, was with his parents and three siblings at 17 Hill View Road

Next of kin after war: Parents at 17 Hill View Road

George Robert
SMITH

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born at Davis’s Farm, Cumnor in 1886 and baptised at St Lawrence’s Church, North Hinksey on 13 February 1887

† Died of wounds in France
10 March 1915, aged 28

28 Duke Street

Acting Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery, 5th Mountain Battery (Service No: 27450)
Enlisted in Northampton

Euston Post Cemetery, Laventie,
France: C.4

Parents: John SMITH & Sarah Elizabeth ? They had four children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Labourer, then Traction engine driver

1901 census: George (14) was a draper’s errand boy at home with his parents at 28 Duke Street

1911 census: George (24) is hard to find. His parents and two of his brothers were still at 28 Duke Street

Next of kin after war: Father at 28 Duke Street

Richard Vivian
SMITH

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born in St Frideswide’s parish, Oxford in 1896 (reg. second quarter)

† Died of wounds in UK
20 July 1918, aged 22

32 Duke Street

Corporal, Royal Field Artillery, “A” Battery, 251st Brigade (Service No: 86556)
Enlisted at Evesham

Honiton (St Michael) Churchyard,
England: M.983

Parents: Andrew Joseph SMITH & Octavia Annie HOLTON ( married at St Frideswide’s Church on 17 February 1887). They had seven children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway engine stoker; later General municipal labourer

1901: Richard (4) was living with his parents and three older brothers at 32 Duke Street

1911: Richard (14) was an apprentice typewriter mechanic, living with his parents and five of his siblings at 32 Duke Street

Next of kin after war: Mother at 32 Duke Street

John Edward SOUNDY

Soundy
OJI
27 Nov 1918
“Died of pneumonia”   

CWGC

Born in New Hinksey in 1885

† Died of pneumonia in Salonika after the Armistice
5 October 1918, aged 33

18 West Street

Sapper, Royal Engineers, 273rd Railway Construction Company (Service No: WR/295440)

Bralo British Cemetery, Greece: 37

The son of a clothes cleaner and a laundress, John Soundy grew up in New Hinksey. He was working as an errand boy at 15, and as a labourer for a baker & coal merchant in 1911. He married in 1909, and had moved to 18 West Street by 1914. His third child was baptised at St Frideswide’s Church

⇒ Full biography

Joseph Henry STARR

Starr
OJI
30 Aug 1916
“Killed”

CWGC

Born in St Pancras in 1898 (reg. fourth quarter)

† Killed in action in France
9 August 1916, aged 18

10 West Street

Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 13th Battalion (Service No: R/15473)
Enlisted in Richmond

Arras Memorial, France, Bay 7

Parents: William George STARR & Elizabeth Frances HEIS (married in the Holborn district in the first quarter of 1892). They had two children: both still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Railway worker

1901: Joseph (2) was living with his parents and older brother at 50 Polygon Buildings (Block B), St Pancras, London

1911 census: Joseph (12) was still at school and living with his parents and older brother at 10 West Street

Joseph must have lied about his age, as in 1916 soldiers could not be sent to the front until they were 19

Next of kin after war: Parents at 10 West Street

Herbert Dowden
SWEETZER

Sweetzer
OJI
28 Jun 1916
“Drowned”

CWGC

Born in Reading on 3 May 1892

† Died when his ship struck a mine between Jutland and Russia (Lord Kitchener killed at same time)
5 June 1916, aged 24

Alexandra Road

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy:
HMS Hampshire (Service No: K/27222)

Portsmouth Naval Memorial: Panel 19

Parents: David SWEETZER & Flora Caroline ? (no marriage found)

Father’s occupation: Railway labourer/painter

1901 census: Herbert (8) was living with his parents and three of his siblings at The Street, Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire

Herbert’s mother died in 1902 (reg second quarter)

1911 census: Herbert (18), a railway engine cleaner, was boarding with the Skelcher family at 16 West Street. His father, now a widower, was living at 73 Catherine Street in Reading with a housekeeper and his youngest son

Next of kin after war: Father at 73 Catherine Street, Reading

Harry G.
TAYLOR

Taylor
OJI
13 Sep 1916
“Missing”

?CWGC

Born in ?

† 

[?]21 Barrett Street

The OJI photograph shows Private H. G. Taylor of Osney, Machine Gun Corps (MGC), who was still missing on 13 Sep 1916 and is almost certainly the man remembered in St Frideswide’s Church.

It is hard, however, to identify him otherwise. He is possibly the Henry Taylor (14), an apprentice iron founder, who lived at 21 Barrett Street in 1911; and the man in the photograph looks young and could well be 19.

(An Arthur Henry Taylor lived at Medley Manor, Binsey Lane. In 1911 he was a single man of 40 living with two servants. Doubtful that this is his younger brother, as the newspaper would not have said "Osney")

George
THOMPSON

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

?CWGC

Born in ?

† 

Address uncertain

NOT FOUND

A George H. Thompson was a grocer at 42 Botley Road in 1915

A Robert Thompson lived at 2 Mill Street in 1915 (Mrs R. Thompson by 1928)

Thomas Alfred
TOLLEY

Tolley
OJI
18 Oct 1916
“Killed”

CWGC

Born at 54 Bridge Street, Oxford in 1892 and baptised at  St Frideswide’s Church on 12 February 1893

† Killed in action in France
16 September 1916, aged 24

35 Hill View Road

Corporal, Middlesex Regiment, 1st/7th Battalion (Service No: TF/1595)
Enlisted in Hampstead.

Thiepval Memorial, France:
Pier and Face 12 &13B

Parents: Job TOLLEY & Sarah Keziah KNIGHT (married at Steeple Aston on 31 March 1877). They had nine children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Blacksmith

1901 census: Thomas (8) was living with his parents and five siblings, plus a boarder, at 35 Hill View Road

1911 census: Thomas (19), a gas fitter’s assistant, was living with his married brother George, a gas fitter, at 33 St Julian’s Road, Kilburn. FMP says he lived in Paddington when he enlisted. His parents were at 35 Hill View Road with two of Thomas’s younger siblings

Next of kin after war: Parents at 35 Hill View Road

Frank
TWISS

Twiss
OJI
3 Jan 1917
“Killed”
 

CWGC

Born c.1891

† Killed in action in France
14 November 1916, aged 25

15 South Street

Lance Corporal, South Wales Borderers, 5th Battalion (Service No: 36302)
Enlisted in Oxford

Thiepval Memorial, France,
Pier & Face 4A

This is possibly the Francis William Twiss whose birth was registered in the Marylebone district in the third quarter of 1891, who in turn is the Francis W. Twiss, born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London

1901 census: The above Francis W. Twiss (9) was an orphan at the Boys Home in Hanley Castle, Upton on Severn, Worcs.

1911 census: Frank Twiss (19), a fishmonger’s porter, was boarding at 106 Cardigan Street. His place of birth is given as Melford, Suffolk, but no such birth was registered in that district; and FMP implies that he told the army he was born in Oxford.

Frank Twiss (23) of 15 South Street (no father given) married Sophia Jane WYATT of the same address at St Frideswide’s Church on 26 December 1914. Their son George Francis Twiss was born at 66 Bridge Street on 2 June 1916 and baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 18 July 1916: his father’s occupation given as soldier

Next of kin after war: Wife back at 15 South Street

Benjamin Arthur
TYLER

Tyler
OJI
2 Jan 1918
“Missing”  

CWGC

Born in Croydon in 1897 (reg. third quarter)

† Killed in action in Belgium
22 August 1917, aged 20

86 Botley Road

Lance Corporal, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Battalion (Service No: 201458)
Enlisted in Oxford

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium: III.C.4

Parents: James Eli TYLER & Margaret Ann WILLIAMS (married in the Orsett district in the second quarter of 1891. They had five children: all still alive in 1911.

Occupation of father: Manager of joinery works

1901 census: Hard to find

1911 census: Benjamin (13) was still at school and living with his parents and four siblings at what was then 60 Botley Road and is now No. 86

Next of kin after war: Parents at what was then 99 and is now the veterinary practice at 111 Botley Road

Percy
WALKER

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

?CWGC

Born in ?

† 

Address uncertain

 

[Nineteen men called Percy Walker died in the First World War, and many more with the initial P]

UNKNOWN

A Percy Walker, son of James (farm labourer) & Ann of 20 Earl Street, was baptised at St Frideswide’s Church on 4 August 1889. Still living at 20 Earl Street in 1901, aged 11, and listed as Percy C. Walker (but the only P. C. Walker listed by CWGC is not the one)

Parents were still living on their own at 20 Earl Street in 1911.

In 1911 a Percy Victor Walker (17) was an assistant bedmaker living at 41 Western Road, Grandpont.

A Frederick Walker lived at 20 Earl Street in 1928

Cecil
WATTS

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found

CWGC

Born at Forest Hill in 1892 and baptised at its church on 5 June 1892

† Killed in action in France
9 August 1916, aged 24

15 Earl Street

Corporal, London Regiment,
2nd/13th Kensington Battalion (Service No: 3731)
Enlisted in Kensington

Maroeuil British Cemetery, France: III.C.8

Parents: Henry Edward WATTS & Mary Ann COLWELL (married at Forest Hill on 9 February 1891). They had four children

Father’s occupation: Hurdle maker

Cecil’s father died at the King’s Arms, Forest Hill at the age of 33 and was buried at Forest Hill on 31 July 1899.

1901 census: Cecil (9) was living with his widowed mother and his three siblings at her parents’ home in Forest Hill

1911 census: Cecil (19) was a coal clerk, staying in a boarding house at 27 Fenelon Road, Kensington. His brother Algernon (15) was still living with his grandparents

FMP says that Cecil lived in New Botley, and he may have gone to live with his brother

Next of kin after war: His brother Henry E. Watts of 15 Earl Street

Charles
WELLER

Weller
OJI
9 Oct 1918
“Killed” 

CWGC

Born in New Botley in 1897/8 (reg. first quarter of 1898)

† Killed in action in France
11 August 1918, aged 20

4 Duke Street

Private, Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion (Service No: 34294)
Enlisted in Oxford

Bouchoir New British Cemetery,
France: III.A.10

Parents: Charles WELLER & Sarah Ann STONE (married at Wolvercote Church on 27 April 1882). They had two children: both still alive in 1911

Father’s occupation: Porter, later School caretaker

1911 census: Charles (3) was with his parents and his only brother William (15) at 4 Duke Street

1911 census: Charles (13) was still at school and living with his parents at 4 Duke Street

Charles was a server in the church and has a memorial on its wall

Next of kin after war: His parents at Columbia House, Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham

Cyril
WIGGINS

Photo not yet obtained
OJI

Not found 

CWGC

Born ?

† Died at sea
10 October 1918, aged ?

Address uncertain

Private, Household Cavalry and
Cavalry of the Line, Scottish Horse Panel (Service No:  27412)
Enlisted at Guildford

Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

FMP confirms that this man on the CWGC link (left) lived in Oxford.

He could be the Cyril Wiggins whose birth was registered in the Headington district (includes East Oxford) in the first quarter of 1894;

or the Cyril Wiggins reg. Chipping Norton in second quarter of 1898 (an inmate at a boys’ refuge home in Twickenham in 1911)

A Frederick James Wiggins lived at 5 Botley Road in 1928

Alfred
WILSON

A. Wilson
OJI
13 Oct 1915
“Died of wounds”

CWGC

Born at Walworth, London in 1899 (reg. second quarter)

† Died of wounds in UK
27 October 1915, aged 16

43 West Street

Private, Seaforth Highlanders,
4th Battalion (Service No: 3307)
Enlisted in Bedford

Full Military Funeral at St Frideswide’s Church on 16 Oct 1915. Interred at Osney Cemetery, England: St Frideswide’s section: gravestone

Parents: John Henry WILSON & Mary Ann, who were married in 1889/90. (She is likely to be the Mary Ann McDONALD who married a John Henry Wilson in the St Saviour’s registration district, which included Walworth, in the third quarter of 1889.) They had four children: all still alive in 1911.

Father’s occupation: Printer Compositor

1901 census: Raymond (7) and Alfred (2) were at home with their parents at 43 West Street

1911 census: Raymond (17) was already serving in the navy and was in HMS Venus in Gibraltar harbour, while Alfred (12) was still at school and home with parents at 43 West Street

Alfred must have lied about his age, as men were not allowed to enlist until they were 18, and in 1915 could not be sent abroad until they were 19.

The two brothers died within a few months of each other in 1915. Alfred was brought back alive to the UK, and was given a military funeral at St Frideswide’s Church: see photographs in OJI of 20 October 1915. He was a server in St Frideswide’s Church, and there is a memorial to him on its wall. Raymond was wounded around July, when his photograph appeared in the paper, and died in Egypt on 18 August.

Next of kin after war: Their parents at 43 West Street

Raymond
WILSON

Wilson
OJI 21 Jul 1915
“Wounded”

CWGC

Born at Walworth, London in 1893 (reg. second quarter)

† Died of wounds in Egypt
18 August 1915, aged 22

43 West Street

Trooper, Australian Light Horse, 6th (Service No: 828)

Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Cemetery, Egypt: J.50

Previously served in the Royal Navy as a Boy 1 Class

We therefore pray Thee, Help Thy servants
Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.

Some other Osney people killed in the First World War who are not listed on the memorial

These are likely to have been omitted because their parents moved to Osney shortly after their deaths,
or because they were not members of the Church of England


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© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 19 June, 2014

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