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Oxford War Memorials: Balliol Boys' Club

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Balliol Boys' Club began in 1907 when a group of Balliol undergraduates decided to run a club for the boys of the deprived parish of St Ebbe's. It began life in a former sweet factory in Littlegate Street, and this is the club that all the young men on this war memorial would have known.

A new club house was opened in Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's on 19 November 1921 and named after Keith Rae, President of the Balliol Boys' Club in 1909–10, who had been killed in the First World War. More information about the club can be found here.

The memorial (right), a wooden board with gold lettering, was originally on the wall of Keith Rae House, but when that building was demolished in the 1960s as part of the redevelopment of St Ebbe's, it had to be moved, and it is now on the wall of Balliol Archives (formerly St Cross Church).

On the memorial itself, the 39 names comprise 12 former Balliol undergraduates, 26 boys from around the St Ebbe's area of Oxford, and one man who was included in error.

They are recorded on this memorial in alphabetical order with no differentiation between town and gown. Both undergraduates and boys are often recorded on this memorial with the abbreviated forename or nickname by which they were known (e.g. Fred, Jack, Mannie, Reg, Ted, Tom, Will), while Lord Spencer Douglas Compton is just Spencer Compton.

Many of the men died early in the war, which meant that they were volunteers.

 

 

 

The memorial reads at the top:

1914 [Crest] 1918

THESE ARE THE MEMBERS OF
THIS CLUB WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR: THEIR NAMES ARE
HERE RECORDED THAT THOSE WHO
COME AFTER MAY NOT FORGET.

 

Below is a brief biography of the club members listed. The Balliol undergraduates who ran the club are listed with a pale yellow background. The rest are city boys who attended the club and who mostly lived in St Ebbe's parish

Key:

  • CWGC = Individual page on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
  • City Honour Roll = “Roll of the Citizens of Oxford who Fell in the Great War 1914–1918” (kept in the City Church of St Michael-at-the Northgate and available online to members of the Oxfordshire Family History Society)

 

Poppy blue Arthur Innes ADAM (1894–1916), recorded on this memorial as Arthur ADAM

Born in Cambridge in 1894

Son of James Adam, D.Litt. and Adela Marion Kensington, M.A., who were married in the Paddington district in 1890

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (6) was living at Emmanuel House, Parker Street, Cambridge with his parents and two siblings, plus their four servants
  • 1911: Arthur (16) was a boarder at Winchester School

Captain, “A” Company, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Killed in action near Hamel, France on 16 September 1916, aged 22
Buried at Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France (IV. Q. 12)

CWGC

Lived at 29 Barton Road, Cambridge

School: Winchester College: On the school war memorial, with biography
Came up to Balliol College in 1912: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

Poppy Sidney ALDER (1894–1914)

Born at 15 Friars Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 31 August 1894 and privately baptised by Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 18 March 1896

Son of William Alder, a labourer for the Oxford Local Board, and Jane Smith, who were married at Cumnor Church on 5 February 1881

Censuses

  • 1901: Sidney (6) was living at 15 Friars Street with his parents and six siblings
  • 1911: Sidney (16) was still at school and now living at 17 Friars Street with his parents and five of his eight surviving siblings

Private, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died of a skull fracture at the Victoria Hospital, Cork, Ireland on 28 November 1914, aged 20
Buried in the Cork Military Cemetery, but his grave could not be maintained there, and
he is now remembered on the screen wall of Cork Military Cemetery Park

CWGC / On City Honour Roll / Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 25 November 1914
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy Albert Edward BENNETT (1896–1915), recorded on this memorial as Albert BENNETT

Born at 33 South Street, Osney, Oxford in 1896 and baptised there on 23 February

Son of George Robert Bennett, a Great Western Railway porter and later a brewer's carter, and Rosa Eeles, who were married at St Frideswide's Church in Oxford on 15 September 1892

Censuses

  • 1901: Albert (5) was living at 28 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's, Oxford with his parents and three siblings
  • 1911: Albert (15) was an office boy, living at 28 Blackfriars Road with his parents and his five surviving siblings.

Private, “D” Squadron, Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Died in France on 23 May 1915, aged 19
Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France (I.F.46)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll / Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 16 June 1915
Also on Oxfordshire County Council War Memorial
and on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy blue Druce Robert BRANDT, ba (1887–1915), recorded on this memorial as Robert BRANDT and known as Bob

Born at Rookcliffe, Palace Road, Streatham, Surrey on 20 October 1887 and baptised at Christ Church, Streatham on 4 December

Son of Robert Edmund Adolphus Eugene Brandt, a Russia merchant, and Florence Druce, who were married at St Leonard's Church, Streatham on 29 May 1884

Censuses

  • 1891: Druce (3) was living at the Manor House, Cheam Road, Ewell, near Epsom with his parents and older brother, his paternal grandparents, and a cousin. They had five servants
  • 1901: Druce (13) was boarding at Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Surrey. His parents were living at at 15 Lennox Gardens, an eighteen-roomed house in south-west London, with their two other children and six servants
  • 1911: Druce (23), now a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, was living on his own in a separate apartment at 2 Netley Villas, Netley Street, Farnborough, Hampshire. His parents were still living at 15 Lennox Gardens with one of their children: his father was living off private means, and they had six servants

Elected Fellow & Lecturer of Brasenose College in 1910, but resigned his fellowship in 1913 and joined the Oxford University Officer Training Corps. He resigned his commission on 12 December 1913 and became a social worker in Bermondsey

Lieutenant, 6th, attached 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Killed in action at Boezinge in Belgium on 6 July 1915
No known grave: remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 46–48 and 50)

CWGC

Schools: Hazlewood School and Harrow
Came up to Balliol College in 1906: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

See also his Wikipedia entry and his obituary in the Brasenose College magazine The Brazen Nose and his biography on the war memorial pages of Hazelwood School and Harrow, and his book of letters published on 1 January 1920

Poppy blue David Westcott BROWN, ba (1892–1916), recorded on this memorial as David BROWN

Born at Spennymoor, Durham in 1892

Son of the Revd George Gibson Brown and Nelly Hardman, who were married at Hey Church on 20 August 1891

Censuses

  • 1901: David (8) was living at All Saints Rectory, 66 High Street, Colchester with his parents and two brothers, and their nursemaid and general servant
  • 1911: David (18) was a pupil boarding at Marlborough College. His parents were living at All Saints Rectory, Colchester with two of his four siblings and two servants.

The family later lived in St Mary's Rectory, Bedford

Captain, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
Killed in action at Bazentin-le-Petit, France on 14 July 1916, aged 23
No known grave: remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 2C and 3A)

CWGC

Schools: The Dragon and Marlborough College
Came up to Balliol College in 1912: Biography in the college's Memorial Book  
Also on the Dragon School War Memorial

Poppy Ernest Walker BUCKLAND (1891–1916), recorded on this memorial as Ernest BUCKLAND (brother of next)

Born at Spring Road, Abingdon on 7 July 1891 and baptised at St Helen's Church there on 2 August

Son of Thomas William Buckland, an upholsterer, and Emily Martha Walton, a laundress, who were married at St Ebbe's Church on Christmas Day 1888

Censuses

  • 1901: Ernest (9) was living at 19 Dale Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: Ernest (19) was a waggoner on a farm, living in the home of John Welton at East Markham, Newark, Nottinghamshire and described as his servant. His parents were living at a different address in St Ebbe's, namely 3 Bridge Row, with three of their other five children

Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died in France on 27 July 1916, aged 26
No known grave: remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 11D)

His parents later lived at 6 Abbey Place, St Ebbe's, Oxford

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 6 September 1916
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial

Poppy Frederick Harvey BUCKLAND (1893–1914), recorded on this memorial as Fred BUCKLAND (brother of previous)

Born in Oxford in 1893

Son of Thomas William Buckland, an upholsterer, and Emily Martha Walton, a laundress, who were married at St Ebbe's Church on Christmas Day 1888

Censuses

  • 1901: Frederick (7) was living at 19 Dale Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: Frederick (17), who was an assistant in a pawn shop, was living at 3 Bridge Row, St Ebbe's with his parents and two of his five siblings. His mother was now working as a laundress.

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died in France on 20 November 1914, aged 21
Buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France (I. B. 13A)

His parents later lived at 6 Abbey Place, St Ebbe's, Oxford

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 30 December 1914
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial

Poppy Arthur CHURCH (1896–1917)

Born in Church Lane, Cowley, near Oxford in 1896 and baptised at St James's Church there on 3 January 1897

Son of James Church, a traction engine driver, and Emily Jane Higgins, who were married in the Faringdon registration district of Berkshire in 1882

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (4) was living at Hockmore Street, Cowley with his parents and eight siblings
  • 1911: Arthur (14) was a machine boy at a printing press, living at 30 Buckingham Street, Grandpont with his mother, one of his brothers, and his sister and her husband.

Private, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died in France on 28 February 1917
No known grave: remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10A and 10D

His family later lived at Friars Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford

CWGC / Not on City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of28 March 1917
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy William Charles CLACK (1897–1917), recorded on this memorial as Will CLACK

Born at 6 Jericho Street on 10 September 1897 and baptised at St Paul's Church, Oxford on 8 October

Son of Philip James Clack, a labourer, and Sarah Ann Page, who were married at St Paul's Church, Oxford on 26 December 1896

Censuses

  • 1901: William (3) and his mother Sarah were visiting the Page family at 13 Jericho Gardens
  • 1911: William (13) was a shop boy with the Organ building firm, living at 19 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's with his parents and his only sibling Henry (8).

William enlisted as a volunteer on 2 October 1915, just after his eighteenth birthday. He was then still living with his parents at 19 Blackfriars Road and had been working at Oxford University Press as a feeder in the Machine Room (Miehle).

Private, 101st Field Battalion, Royal Army Medical Corps
Crossed to France on 23 October 1915
Killed in action on the Hindenburg Line in France on 22 April 1917, aged 19
Buried in St Leger British Cemetery, France (E.13)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 23 May 1917
Also on OUP war memorial
and Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy blue Lord Spencer Douglas COMPTON (1893–1915), recorded on this memorial as Spencer COMPTON

Born in London in 1893

Son of William George Spencer Compton, 5th Marquess of Northampton, K.G. and the Hon. Mary Florence Baring, who were married in 1884

Censuses

  • 1901: Spencer (7) was living at The Castle, Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire with his parents and older sister, and their German governess, plus 28 servants
  • 1911: Spencer (17) is hard to find. His widowed father was living alone at the Castle with fourteen servants

Spencer's mother died in 1902. His father died in 1913, and Spencer's older brother William Bingham Compton (born 1885) succeeded as 6th Marquess.

Lieutenant, Royal Horse Guards
Killed in action in Belgium on 13 May 1915, aged 22
No known grave: remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 3)

CWGC

School: Eton
Came up to Balliol College in 1911: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

Poppy John Arthur COWLES (1894–1916), recorded on this memorial as Jack COWLES

Born at 5 Sadler Street, St Ebbe's on 6 November 1894 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 2 December

Son of William Cowles, an ostler, and Rosa Martha West, who were married in Oxford in 1889

Censuses

  • 1901: John (6) was living at 5 Sadler Street with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: John (16) was working as a fishmonger's porter and living at 5 Sadler Street with his parents and seven siblings.
    (On 29 December 1910 he had started work at Oxford station but was discharged less than a month later on 27 January 1911)

John served in the Oxford Territorials.

In 1913 John emigrated to Canada, where he became a farmer. On 24 October 1914 he volunteered to serve in the Canadian Infantry.

Private, “B” Company, 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
He was killed in action in the vicinity of Zillebeke in Belgium on 6 June 1916, aged 21, when the enemy exploded four mines under the Canadian front and heavily bombarded the sector held by his Company
No known grave. Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 10 - 26 - 28)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 5 July 1916
Also remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY
See some of his letters

Poppy Albert DREWETT (1896–1917), recorded on this memorial as Albert DREWITT(with an “i”)

Born in Oxford in 1896, registered as Albert Drewett, but later known as Albert E. Drewett.

Son of Arthur Drewett, a college servant, and Mary Cudd, who were married at St Leonard's Church, Sunningwell, Berkshire on 6 December 1883

Censuses

  • 1901: Albert (4) was living at 29 Gas Street, St Ebbe's with his father and his brothers William, Fred, and Dick
  • 1911: Albert (15) was a dyer's errand boy, lodging at 4a Charles Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and two of his siblings in the home of Frederick & Edith Norridge and their son, plus another lodger

Albert became a decorator.

Near the beginning of 1915 in Oxford, Albert E. Drewett married Elsie May Walklett, and they had two daughters: Ivy Joan Drewett (born in Hackney on 27 April 1915) and Diana Drewett (born in Oxford near the beginning of 1917.

Albert's father and all four of his sons volunteered to serve early in the war, and the Oxford Journal Illustrated depicts all five of them on 11 August 1915, when they were living in Beef Lane.

Serjeant, 1st/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died in France on 21 May 1917
Buried at the Hermies British Cemetery, France (A. 11)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll (listed as Albert E. Drewett)

Albert's widow appears to have moved to Warwick

Poppy Frederick William HALL (1894–1917), recorded on this memorial as Fred HALL

Born at 8 Albert Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 28 September 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 24 October

Son of Frederick William Hall, a dairyman and later a coal porter, and Rose Ella Elizabeth Rushton, a domestic servant, who were married at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford on 7 September 1893

Censuses

  • 1901: Frederick (6) was living at 2 Friars Wharf with his parents and younger brother
  • 1911: Frederick (16) was a printer's labourer, living at 2 Friar's Wharf, St Ebbe's with his parents and three surviving siblings

Frederick joined the army early in 1914.

Corporal, Y12th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Awarded the Military Medal
Killed in action in France on 16 September 1917, aged 23
Buried at the Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France (I. E. 9)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 16 May 1917
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy blue Andrew William HENDERSON (1894–1916), recorded on this memorial as Andrew HENDERSON

Born at Partick in Scotland on 13 June 1894

Son of William Henderson and Mary Rebecca (surname unknown)

Censuses

  • 1901: Probably in Glasgow
  • 1911: Andrew (16) was a boarder at Winchester College

His home was 4 Windsor Terrace, Glasgow at time of his death

Captain, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in France on 1 July 1916 (CWGC) or 2 July 1916 (Balliol)
No known grave: remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 16B and 16C)

CWGC

School: Winchester
Came up to Balliol College in 1913: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

See also his biography on the Winchester College war memorial page

Poppy blue Stephen Henry Philip HEWETT (1893–1916), recorded on this memorial as Stephen HEWITT

Born in Dacca, Bengal in 1893

Son of John Stephen Hewett of the Indian Telegraph Service and Mary Katherine (surname unknown, possibly McGuinness), who were married in 1885/6

Censuses

  • 1901: Stephen (8) was living at 22 Raleigh Road, Exeter with his mother and two sisters, and a married aunt and his cousin, plus their general servant
  • 1911: Stephen (18) was boarding at Downside School. His parents were living at 4 Summerlands, Topsham Road, Exeter with his two sisters and his aunt

Second Lieutenant, 19th Battalion (attached 14th Battalion), Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action near Pozières, France on 22 July 1916, aged 23
No known grave: remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 9A, 9B, and 9C)

CWGC

School: Downside
Came up to Balliol College in 1911: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

Poppy Christopher HOLLOWAY (1898–1917), recorded on this memorial as Sam HOLLOWAY

Born at 8 Pensons Gardens, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 1 May 1898 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 3 January 1901

Son of William Holloway, a dealer and later a general labourer for the corporation, and Annie Tarrant, a domestic servant, who were married in Oxford in 1888

Censuses

  • 1901: Christopher (3) was living at 80 Friars Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and five siblings, and their two boarders
  • 1911: Christopher (12) was still at school and living at 2 Gas Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and three of his five surviving siblings, and their lodgers (a married couple with a child). His mother was now working as a charwoman

Christopher worked as a local corporation labourer like his father

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action at the Battle of Langemarck on 16 August 1917, aged 19
No known grave: remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 96 to 98)

CWGC /On City Honour Roll
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 26 September 1917
Also on Holy Trinity, St Ebbe's war memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy Frank William Broadway HUNT (1894–1917), recorded on this memorial as Frank HUNT

Born at 9 New Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 1 July 1894 to a single woman Elizabeth Sarah Broadway, who was working as a servant, and baptised as Frank William Broadway at St Ebbe's Church on 10 March 1894. Elizabeth named the father as Archibald Christopher Hunt, a labourer at the gas works/coal porter. His parents were married at St Ebbe's Church on 10 April 1898 when Frank was nearly four, and he took his father's name. He was their only child

Censuses

  • 1901: Frank (7) was living at 72 Friars Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and May Shirley (1)
  • 1911: Frank (17) was a fish porter, living at 76 Friars Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and his cousin May (11), who had now been adopted by them and had taken the surname Hunt

Private, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died of wounds in Belgium on 21 August 1917, aged 23
Buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, Belgium (I.D.21)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 10 October 1917
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial and Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy Frederick William HUTCHINGS (1898–1916), recorded on this memorial as Fred HUTCHINGS

Born at 4 Sadler Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 15 June 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 10 July

Son of Frederick Hutchings, a labourer (plasterer), and Alice Gardiner, who were married at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 5 April 1896

Censuses

  • 1901: Frederick (2) was living at 4 Sadler Street with his parents and two siblings
  • 1911: Frederick (12) was still at school and living at No. 1 Bossom's Yard, Bridport Street, St Ebbe;s with his parents and three siblings. His mother was now employed as a laundress in a steam laundry

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in Belgium on 16 August 1917, aged 19
No known grave: remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 96 to 98)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 13 September 1916
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy Richard HYMUS (1890–1913)

Born in Oxford on 21 May 1890

Son of Alfred Charles Hymus, a horse-cab proprietor/driver, and Catharine Matilda Harse, who were married at St James's Church in Cowley on 26 August 1879

Censuses

  • 1891: Richard (ten months) was living at 39 Cowley Road (old numbering), Oxford with his parents and six older siblings
  • 1901: Richard (10) was living at 112 Magdalen Road, east Oxford with his parents and six siblings
  • 1911: Richard's parents had moved to 10 New Street, St Ebbe's with three of their nine children, but Richard was probably away at sea

Richard joined the Royal Navy on 4 January 1910 and died of malaria in China on 9 July 1913. Presumably he is included on this memorial as he died on active service, even though it was a year before the outbreak of the First World War.

Poppy Charles Henry JAYCOCK (1894–1917), recorded on this memorial as Charles JAYCOCK

Born at 17 New Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 11 July 1894 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 2 January 1895

Son of James Jaycock, a labourer/carter, and (Emma) Elizabeth Haynes, who were married at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford on 13 April 1890

Censuses

  • 1901: Charles (6) was living at 19 & 20 Abbey Place, St Ebbe's with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: Charles (16) was an errand boy, living at 8 Littlegate Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and eight siblings

Private, “D” Company, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died of wounds in France on 4 May 1917, aged 22
Buried in the Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, France (A. 8B)

Parents later lived at 16 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's, Oxford

CWGC / On City Honour Roll/ Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 6 June 1917
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy blue James Saumarez MANN, ma (1893–1920), recorded on this memorial as James S. MANN, with footnote “Mesopotamia 1920”)

Born at Shortlands, Kent in 1893

Son of James Saumarez Mann senior, a journalist and author, and Amy Gertrude Bowman, who were married at Trinity Church, Hampstead on 7 August 1890

Censuses

  • 1901: James (7) was living at 47 Westmoreland Road, Shortlands, Kent with his parents and his only sister Julia de Lacy Mann, and a widow Julia de Lacy (described as his father's mother, but possibly his mother-in-law), plus three servants
  • 1911: James (17) was still at school and living at the same address with his parents and sister

Captain, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Croix de Guerre (France), twice mentioned in Despatches
Died in Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 22 July 1920, aged 26
Buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq (XIV. G. 14)

CWGC

School: Dulwich College
Came up to Balliol College in 1912: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

See James Saumarez Mann, An Administrator in the Making: James Saumarez Mann 1893–1920

Poppy Albert James MILES (1897–1917), wrongly recorded* on the memorial as Albert MILLS (1897–1917)

Born at 22 Great Clarendon Street, Jericho, Oxford on 1 July 1897 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 30 July

Son of Frederick Miles, a railway porter and later a labourer/house painter, and Elizabeth Hall, who were married at St Ebbe's Church on Christmas Day 1885

Censuses

  • 1901: Albert (3) was living at 7 Bridwell Square, St Aldate's with his parents and two older brothers
  • 1911: Albert (13) was still at school and was living at 1 Thompson's Yard, St Aldate's with his parents and two of his surviving brothers

Worked as a labourer at Morrell's Brewery (but not on their war memorial)

Lance Corporal, 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (formerly 10404, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry)
Killed in action at the Battle of Messines in Belgium on 17 June 1917, aged 19

No known grave: remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 34)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll / Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 16 May 1917
Also on St Aldate's war memorial

* Albert Miles's obituary in the Oxford Times of 21 July 1917 states that he had been a member of the Balliol Boys' Club

Poppy blue Richard Parker PINSENT (1894–1915), recorded on this memorial as Richard PINSENT

Born at Harborne, Staffordshire on 21 March 1894

Son of Hume Chancellor Pinsent, a solicitor, and Ellen Frances Parker, who were married at St John's Church, Melford, Surrey on 26 July 1888

Censuses

  • 1901: Richard (7) was living at 16 Lordswood Road, Harborne, Staffordshire with his parents and two siblings, plus five servants
  • 1911: Richard (17) was boarding at Marlborough College. His mother was staying with her daughter in Eastbourne

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action at Richebourge St Vaast, France on 8 October (Balliol) or 9 October (CWGC) 1915, aged 22
Buried at the Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France (III. A. 3)

CWGC

School: Marlborough College
Came up to Balliol College in 1913: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

Also on St Leonard's Church, Sunningwell War Memorial with Biography, and has a special brass plaque at Wootton Church

Poppy blue Ronald William Poulton PALMER, ba (1889–1915), recorded on this memorial as Ronald POULTON
(he took the surname PALMER in 1913 under the terms of the will of his maternal uncle, the Rt Hon. George William Palmer of Huntley & Palmer's biscuits)

Born in Oxford on 12 September 1889

Son of Edward Bagnall Poulton, a biology lecturer and later Hope Professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford and Emily Palmer, who were married at St George's Church, Hanover Square, Middlesex on 31 March 1881

Censuses

  • 1891: Ronald (1) was at St Helen's Cottage, St Helens, Isle of Wight with his parents and three siblings, plus five servants
  • 1901: Ronald (11) and his two sisters were at home at Wykeham House, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford being looked after by their governess and three servants. (This house had 23 rooms, and is now used by the University Appointments Committee.)
  • 1911: Ronald (21), described as an undergraduate preparing for the engineering profession, was living at Wykeham House with his parents and one sister, plus six servants

Worked at Huntley & Palmer's factory for eighteen months from January 1912 to qualify himself for a Directorship, and then continued his engineering studies in Mather & Platt

Lieutenant, 1st/4th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action by a bullet at Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium on 5 May 1915, aged 25
Buried in the Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery, Belgium (B.11)

CWGC

Schools: Dragon and Rugby
Came up to Balliol College in 1908: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

Also see his biography on the St Giles' Church war memorial, in Wikipedia, and his Oxfordshire Blue Plaque page, and in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, which is reproduced in his section of the Dragon School memorial page

Poppy Francis James Harold PROWSE (1893–1918), recorded on this memorial as James PROWSE

Born at 15 Bridge Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 20 April 1893 but not baptised at St Ebbe's Church until 22 March 1911

Son of Robert James Prowse, a labourer, and Louisa Annie Lee, who were married in Oxford in 1891

Censuses

  • 1901: Francis (7) was living at 15 Bridge Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and five siblings, his brother's wife, and two boarders
  • 1911: Francis (17) was a compositor at Oxford University Press, living at 15 Bridge Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and two surviving siblings.

On 22 February 1917 at St Andrew's Church in north Oxford, Francis James Harold Prowse (23), described as a soldier based at Catterick, Yorkshire, married Agnes May Collins of 24 Charlbury Road. Their daughter Phyllis I. Prowse was born later that year.

Private, 1st/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Died in Italy on 10 October 1918, aged 25
Buried in the Barenthal Military Cemetery, Italy (Plot 2, Row A, Grave 7)

His widow was living at 74 Islip Road, Sunnymead, Oxford after the war.

CWGC / On City Honour Roll /
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 27 November 1918
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial, but not on the Oxford University Press War Memorial

Poppy Harold James RADBONE (1898–1917), known as James but recorded on this memorial as Robert RADBONE

Born in Oxford in 1898

Son of William Radbone, a general labourer, and Rachel Silvester, who were married in Oxford in 1894

Censuses

  • 1901: Harold (3) was living at 7 Waterloo Buildings, St Ebbe's with his parents and seven siblings
  • 1911: (Harold) James (13) was still at school and living at 94A Friars Street, St Ebbe's with his widower father and four of his seven surviving siblings

Worked at the Electric Light Company at Osney

Lance Corporal in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in Belgium on 16 August 1917, aged 19
No known grave: remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 96 to 98)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll named as James Radbond
Also on Holy Trinity (St Ebbe's) War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 12 September 1917

Poppy blue Thomas Keith Hedley RAE, ma (1889–1917), recorded on this memorial as Keith RAE

Born in Cheshire on 24 May 1889

Son of Edward Rae, a stockbroker, and Margaret Leathart, who were married in the Gateshead district in 1882

Censuses

  • 1891: Thomas (1) was living at Courthill, 13 Devonshire Place, Birkenhead with his parents and three older brothers, plus his mother's two unmarried sisters, and five servants
  • 1901: Thomas (11) was living at the same address with his parents, one of his brothers, and five servants
  • 1911: The family is hard to find and may have been abroad

Assistant master at Marlborough College after obtaining his degree

Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Killed in action at Hooge, Belgium on 30 July 1915, aged 25
No known grave. Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 46–48 and 50)

CWGC

Health prevented him from attending school
Came up to Balliol College in 1907: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

President of the Boys' Club. His individual memorial that was also on the wall of the club house is now in the snooker room of Wolvercote Boys' Club.

Poppy Charles Frank RANDALL (c.1890–1914), recorded on this memorial as Frank RANDALL

Born in c.1890 (in London according to 1901 census, but in St Ebbe's, Oxford according to 1911 census.
(The only birth registration of a Charles Frank Randall was in the Hatfield registration district in 1891)

Son of Harriet Randall; father uncertain

Censuses

  • 1901: Charles (11), named as Frank, was living at 14 Sadler Street with his widowed mother Harriet Randall and his five siblings
  • 1911: Charles (20) was a Private in the First Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, stationed at the South Front Barracks in Dover

Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died in Belgium on 1 November 1914, aged 25
No known grave remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 45)

His mother was living at 17 Abbey Place, St Ebbe's just after the war

CWGC / On City Honour Roll
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial

Poppy Edward John READ (1893–1917): recorded (out of alphabetical order at the end of the list) as Ted Read

Born at 29 Friars Wharf, New Botley on 5 February 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 2 April

Son of Charles Read, a blacksmith, and Hannah Holifield, who were married in the Abingdon registration district of Berkshire in 1880

Censuses

  • 1901: Edward (8) was living at 29 Friars Wharf with his parents and two brothers, and his grandmother Hannah Holifield
  • 1911: Edward (18) was an ironmonger's apprentice living at 29 Friars Wharf with his widowed mother and two of his four surviving siblings

Edward enlisted in the Household Cavalry on 27 November 1915.

Trooper, Household Battalion
Died of wounds when a prisoner of war at a German military hospital near Hamburg on 3 June 1917, aged 24
Buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany (I. D. 4)

CWGC / Not on City Honour Roll
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy blue Stephen Lacy REISS, ma (1889–1915), recorded on this memorial as Stephen REISS

Born in South Kensington, Middlesex on 17 April 1889 and baptised there on 4 June

Son of Charles Arthur Reiss, an East India merchant, and Florence Lacy Baggallay, who were married at St Stephen's Church, Kensington on 15 June 1882

Censuses

  • 1891: Stephen (2) and his brother Horace (5) were at home at 10 Peterhouse Terrace, Kensington being looked after by four servants
  • 1901: Stephen (11) was boarding at St Andrew's School, Eastbourne. His parents were living at 3 Cornwall Gardens, Kensington with their daughter Sylvia (8) and six servants
  • 1911: Stephen (21), described as a law student, was living at 19 Queensberry Place, South Kensington with his widowed mother, his sister, and his aunt, plus their seven servants (Stephen's father had died in Kensington in 1907

After graduating: History Tutor at the Borough Road Training College, Isleworth

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action at the Hohenzollern Redoubt, Loos, France on 13 October 1915, aged 26
No known grave: remembered on the Loos Memorial, France (Panel 93 to 95)

His mother later lived at Hill House, Streatley, Berkshire

CWGC

Schools: St Andrew's, Eastbourne and Marlborough College
Came up to Balliol College in 1907: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

See also his entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Poppy Thomas SIMS (1895/6–1916)

Born at 1 Ayres Yard, St Thomas's, Oxford in 1895/6 and baptised at St Thomas-the-Martyr Church on 21 January

Son of Thomas Sims, a brewer's labourer, and Harriet Blunsden, who were married in the Wantage registration district in 1881

Censuses

  • 1901: Thomas (5) was living at 34 Court House, Much Park Street, Coventry with his parents and two brothers.
  • 1911: Thomas is hard to find. His mother described herself as a widow and was living alone at 37 St Aldate's Street, Oxford with two lodgers, but a man who appears to be his father was living at 120 Charles Street, east Oxford with three of his children.

Thomas's address was given as 2 Lake Street, New Hinksey, Oxford at the time of his death.

Bugler, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died of wounds in France on 20 July 1916
Buried at the La Gorgue Communal Cemetery, France (II. A. 18)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll (with surname spelt Simms)
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 23 August 1916

Confirmed by Barry Burnham as the correct man as his death was recorded in “The Club at War” magazine of the Balliol Boys' Club

Poppy Stanley SLATTER (1894–1916)

Born at 18 Gas Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 1 October 1894 and privately baptised by Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 23 October

Son of Frank Slatter, a gas labourer, and later a groundsman at the University Running Ground, and Elizabeth (surname unknown, expected marriage around 1880 not found)

Censuses

  • 1901: Stanley (6) was living at 18 Gas Street with his parents and four younger sisters, and a nephew
  • 1911: Stanley (16) was a Great Western Railway cleaner, living at 19 Gas Street with his parents and four of his six siblings.

Stanley joined the Royal Navy in 1912.

Able Seaman, H.M.S. Southampton, Royal Navy
Died on 31 May 1916, aged 22 (presumably at the Battle of Jutland) and buried at sea
Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (13)

CWGC / Not on City Honour Roll
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 21 June 1916
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy Frank SLATTER

Brother on Stanley above. Included on the memorial in error: Balliol Archives record that he survived the war and emigrated to Australia in 1921

Poppy Harold SMITH (1895–1917): brother of next

Born at 4 Wood Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 23 April 1895 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 29 May

Son of Walter Henry Smith, a boot repairer, and Elizabeth Beckley, who were married at St Thomas's Church, Oxford on 5 December 1880

Censuses:

  • 1901: Harold (5) was living at 4 Wood Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and five siblings
  • 1911: Harold (15) was an apprentice boot closer, living at 4 Wood Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and two of his five surviving siblings

On 16 April 1916 at Cumnor Church, Harold Smith (20), described as a boot clicker, married Ida Phyllis Allsworth (20), a domestic servant. They had no children.

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died 16 August 1917, aged 22
Buried at the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium (XI. F. 9)

His widow was living at Botley Pound, Oxford shortly after the war

CWGC / On City Honour Roll
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial

Poppy Thomas SMITH (1898–1917) recorded on this memorial as Tom Smith: brother of previous

Born at 4 Wood Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 29 January 1898 and baptised by St Ebbe's Church the next day (received into the church on 5 May 1898)

Son of Walter Henry Smith, a boot repairer, and Elizabeth Beckley, who were married at St Thomas's Church, Oxford on 5 December 1880

Censuses

  • 1901: Tom (3) was living at 4 Wood Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and five siblings
  • 1911: Tom (13) was still at school and living at 4 Wood Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and two of his five surviving siblings

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died in France on 22 July 1917, aged 19
Buried at the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France (I. B. 22)

CWGC / Not on City Honour Roll
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial

Poppy Frederick John THOMAS (1895–1918), recorded on this memorial as Mannie THOMAS*

Born at 57 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 14 February 1895 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 12 May

Son of James Thomas, a storeman, and Sophia, surname unknown
His mother's second husband was John Deadman

Censuses

  • 1901: Frederick (6) not found
  • 1911: Frederick (16) was an apprentice plumber, living at 5 Chaundy's Yard, St Ebbe's with his mother Sophia Deadman and his stepfather John Deadman, his sister Violet, and three young half-siblings.

When he volunteered to serve in the army on 3 September 1914, his address was given as 10 Waterloo Buildings, Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's.

Private, “A” Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Division, Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Died of wounds at the Wharncliffe Military Hospital, Sheffield, Yorkshire on 21 May 1918, aged 23
Buried in Wadsley churchyard, Sheffield (Grave Ref. 14)

CWGC / on City Honour Roll
Also on the St Aldate's War Memorial with short BIOGRAPHY

* Identified by Barry Burnham from a letter from Trooper F. J. Thomas signed Mannie in “The Club at War” magazine of the Balliol Boys' Club

Poppy Reginald Justin William WAKELIN (1897–1917), recorded on this memorial as Reg WAKELIN

Born at 15 Abbey Place, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 31 October 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 9 January 1895

Son of George Thomas Wakelin, a carriage painter's labourer, and Emily Hill, who were married at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 17 April 1892

Censuses

  • 1901: Reginald (3) was living at 90 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's with his parents and three siblings. His father was now described as a Private in the Royal Garrison Regiment
  • 1911: Reginald (13) was a milk boy, living at 2 Union Place, Clark's Row, St Aldate's, Oxford with his parents and six of his siblings. His father was now described as a kitchen porter at Christ Church, and his mother as a sewing machinist at a men's clothing factory

Private, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in France on 9 April 1917, aged 19
Buried at the Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines, France (III. H. 1)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 16 May 1917
Also on Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's War Memorial with BIOGRAPHY

Poppy blue Arthur Graeme WEST, ba (1891–1917), known as Graeme and recorded on this memorial as Graeme WEST

Born at Christchurch Road, Eaton, Norwich on 23 September 1891

Son of Arthur Birt West, a mechanical engineer/missionary, and Mary Wingate McLaren, who were married in the Chorlton district in 1890

Arthur's mother Mary Wingate West died in the Solihull district at the age of 41 in 1899, and his father remarried in 1905

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (9) was living at 14 Talbot Road, Highgate with his widower father, who was now living on his own means, and his three younger siblings, and his paternal grandmother and maiden aunt, plus a housekeeper and two servants
  • 1911: Arthur (19), described as a Classical student, was living at 4 Holly Terrace, West Hill, Highgate with his father and three younger siblings, plus two servants

Captain, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action by a sniper's bullet near Baupaume, France on 3 April 1917, aged 25
Buried in the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery, Ecoust-Saint-Main, France (VIII. C. 14)

Author of Diary of a Dead Officer (published posthumously in 1919) and war poetry

CWGC

School: Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon
Came up to Balliol College in 1910: Biography in the college's Memorial Book

See also entry for (Arthur) Graeme West in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Poppy Frederick Arthur WOODLEY (1893–1916), recorded on this memorial as Fred WOODLEY

Born at 80 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe's on 7 October 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 21 April 1895

Son of William Woodley, a rag dealer, and Mary Elizabeth (surname unknown: expected marriage in c.1881 not found)

Censuses

  • 1901: (Frederick) Arthur (6) was living at 80 Blackfriars Road with his parents and six siblings
  • 1911: Frederick (17) was a labourer in a coal business, living at 8 Charles Street, St Ebbe's with his parents and six of his ten surviving siblings, and a nephew

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died of wounds in France on 13 August 1916, aged 22
No known grave: remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10A and 10D)

CWGC / On City Honour Roll
Portrait photograph in Oxford Journal Illustrated of 14 April 1915
Also on St Ebbe's Church War Memorial

This memorial on the Database of the Imperial War Museums: Balliol Boys Club
Not recorded on War Memorials online

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