Poppy Ronald Henry SAMPSON (1898–1918) Poppy

Ronald Sampson
From Lancing College
Roll of Honour

Ronald Henry Sampson was born at 11 Rawlinson Road, Oxford on 19 June 1898 and baptised at St Margaret's Church on 28 July.

His father Charles Henry Sampson was born in Bedminster, Bristol on 8 October 1859, and came up to Balliol College in 1878, getting a First in Mathematics in 1881. He was appointed a Fellow and Lecturer of Brasenose College in 1882 and a tutor in 1885.

Ronald's mother Margaret Caroline Sophie Bolckow was born at Marton in Cleveland, Yorkshire in 1869 and was the daughter of C. F. H. Bolckow, JP, DL of Marton Hall.

Ronald’s parents were married in the Middlesbrough registration district of Yorkshire in the third quarter of 1897. They moved to 11 Rawlinson Road in North Oxford, which was in St Margaret's parish, and remained there for the rest of their lives. They had four children:

  • Ronald Henry Sampson (born at 11 Rawlinson Road, Oxford on 19 June 1898
    and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 28 July)
  • Raymond Oscar Sampson (born at 11 Rawlinson Road, Oxford on 13 June 1901
    and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 16 July)
  • Christopher Bolckow Sampson (born at 11 Rawlinson Road, Oxford on 9 October 1903
    and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 17 November)
  • Margaret Phoebe Sampson (born at 11 Rawlinson Road, Oxford on 5 June 1906
    and baptised at St Margaret’s Church on 11 July).

Baptism of Ronald Sampson, St Margaret's Church

At the time of the 1901 census Ronald’s parents were boarding with Ronald (2) and their nurse and under-nurse with the family of William Clifford (36), a coal agent, at Ash Cottage, West Malvern, Worcestershire.

Ronald was educated at Fonthill School in Sussex and then at Lancing College, where he was in News House from September 1911 to September 1912 and in Fields House until December 1916. He was House Captain in 1915, a Prefect, was appointed Head of House in 1916 and was a Sergeant in the Officer Training Corps and a member of the choir. He achieved his School Certificate in 1913 and Higher Certificate in 1914, 1915 and 1916.

At the time of the 1911 census Ronald’s parents staying at the Thirlestane Hotel in Hindhead, Surrey, and Ronald (12) and Raymond (9) were both away boarding at Lancing College. Only his brother Christopher (7) and sister Margaret (4) were at home at 11 Rawlinson Road, looked after by four servants (a nurse, under-nurse, cook, and parlour-maid).

Ronald was accepted for matriculation at Oriel College and was intent on taking Holy Orders, but the war intervened and he decided to join the army instead.


Poppy In the First World War Ronald Henry Sampson entered the army as Private 197568 in the Royal Field Artillery but was sent for officer training at Trowbridge Cadet School for the Royal Garrison Artillery, following which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 10 December 1917. He landed in France on 13th of  January 1918, and was killed in action there at the age of 20 on 30 August 1918.

He is buried in the Boyelles Communal Cemetery extension (II.G.3), and his parents paid for the inscription BEATI MUNDO CORDE (“blessed the pure in heart”) to be added to his headstone (photograph of grave).

His death notice in The Times of 6 September 1918 reads:

SAMPSON. Killed in action, on the 30th Aug., Ronald Henry Sampson, 2nd Lieut., R.G.A., dearly loved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Sampson, 11, Rawlinson-road, Oxford, aged 20.

Ronald Sampson is remembered on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford, and on the roll of honour in Oriel College (right).

His obituary in the Oxford Chronicle of 5 September 1918 is shown below.

Obituary of Ronald Sampson

Ronald's effects came to £236 19s. 9d., and his father was his executor.

St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Ronald’s parents
  • Charles Henry Sampson continued as a Fellow and Tutor of Brasenose College until 1920, and remained at 11 Rawlinson Road. In 1920 he was elected Principal of Brasenose, and lived in the Principal’s Lodgings of Brasenose College in the High Street until he died there on 5 November 1936. His effects came to £7,681 2s. 8d., and his wife was his executor.
  • Margaret Caroline Bolckow Sampson died at 20 Warnborough Road, Oxford on 20 August 1946. Her effects came to £8,672 15s. 7d., and her executors were her son Christopher and her solicitor.
Ronald’s siblings
  • Raymond Oscar Sampson (born 1901) may be the Raymond O. Sampson who married Louisa M. Hines in the third quarter of 1922 in the Paddington registration district.
  • Christopher Bolckow Sampson (born 1903) was an undergraduate at Brasenose College and became ordained. He married Nancy José Fenton Davies (daughter of the Manchester solicitor Myles F. Davies) in the third quarter of 1928 in the Bradford-on-Avon registration district, and they had two daughters. He was appointed Chaplain to HM the Queen in 1958. He died on 21 November 1967. See his entry in Who Was Who.
  • Margaret Phoebe Sampson (born 1906) never married. She died in Oxford at the age of 82 on 14 August 1988.

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