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Oxford War Memorials: Walton Street Methodist Chapel

St Peter-le-Bailey World War I memorial

This First World War memorial came from the Methodist Chapel in Walton Street, which used to stand about halfway between Adelaide Street and St Bernard's Road (between Nos. 94 and 96). It was opened in 1883 and closed in 1946. It was demolished in 1966, and Kingston Court now stands on its site.

Its war memorial was transferred to the wall of the Wesley Memorial Church in New Inn Hall Street, and its records (including original baptismal and marriage registers) are held at the Oxfordshire History Centre (NM5/26). Photographs are also available there: details here, but no online thumbnails: POX0044765 / POX0122427 / POX0122428 / POX0122430

In the transcription below, CWGC = Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, WM = War Memorial,
and City Honour Roll = The book of remembrance in the City Church of St Michael-at-the-Northgate

TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF /
THESE WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR /
1914 – 1918

R. A. ABRAMS
Second Lieutenant Reginald Arthur ABRAMS (28)
Occupation: Librarian at the Bodleian
Full Biography

J. AFFORD
Private John Isaac AFFORD (21)
Occupation: Unknown (grocer's errand boy in 1911)
Full Biography

F. J. BEALE
Private Frederick Joseph BEALE (29)
Occupation: Brewer's labourer
Full Biography

T. BIRTCHNELL
Sapper Thomas Bodsworth BIRTCHNELL (26)
Occupation: Printer's machine minder
Full Biography

L. BROWNJOHN
Serjeant Lewis Charles BROWNJOHN (31)
Occupation: Teacher
Full Biography

W. CHANDLER
Private William Frederick CHANDLER (25)
Occupation: Ironmonger's shop assistant
Full Biography

C. CHOLDCROFT
Private Christopher CHOLDCROFT (27)
Occupation: Boot repairer
Full Biography

S. GRIFFIN
Captain Sydney James GRIFFIN (22)
Occupation: Undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford
Full biography

J. F. HARRIS
Private Joseph Francis HARRIS (17)
Occupation: Unknown (at school in 1911)
Full biography

F. MARTIN
Corporal Saddler Frederick MARTIN (38)
Occupation: Saddler
Full biography

R. NICHOLLS
Gunner Reuben NICHOLLS (26)
Occupation: Soldier
Full Biography

S. SIMS
Identification uncertain
Probably not the Stephen Sims from Faringdon
See notes here

A. SKUCE
Captain Arthur SKUCE (24)
Occupation: Shop assistant in gentleman's outfitters
Full Biography

G. TURTLE
Private George Arthur TURTLE (44)
Occupation: Upholsterer
Full Biography

A small plaque underneath this brass memorial reads:

THE MEMORIAL TABLET ABOVE / WAS REMOVED FROM / WALTON STREET CHAPEL /
ON ITS CLOSURE / IN / SEPTEMBER 1946

© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 14 September, 2017

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