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Oxford War Memorials: Central Boys’ School, Gloucester Green

The Central Boys’ School was an undenominational school that stood on two sites in central Oxford:

  • 1871–1901: Behind the Congregational Church in George Street (building demolished in 1901)
  • 1901–1934: At Gloucester Green (in the school building pictured at the foot of this page that still survive as a restaurant).

The older boys on the school’s war memorial would have been taught in the earlier school building; some would have been at the school when it moved; and those born after 1896 would only have known the new school building.

When the school closed in 1934 its First World War memorial was moved to Southfield School (now the Oxford Spires Academy).


The City of Oxford coat of arms is at the top of an oak board, followed by the words
THE CENTRAL SCHOOL / OXFORD / 1914 IN MEMORIAM 1918
and then by the 54 names below in carved gilded capitals
For convenience the names below have been put in strict alphabetical order. (There are some names out of
order on the original memorial, and the two men who died in 1919 have been added at the end)

Brief details of the men listed on the memorial

Four of the 34 boys listed below have not yet been positively identified.
Links in red are provided for those who already have online biographies

Key:
OCHHR = Oxford City WW1 Honour Roll   
CWGC = Commonwealth War Graves Commission
OJI = Heroes of the War section of the Oxford Journal Illustrated

Links to other
UK war
memorials on
which these
men are
also listed

A. ADAMSON

Alan John Adamson (1890–1917)

Born at 3 London Terrace (probably 23 London Place), Oxford in 1890 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 6 April. Son of Alan John Adamson, an outfitter, and Ellen Jane Houghton

Censuses

  • 1891: Alan (1) was living at 23 London Place with his parents and three older siblings
  • 1901: Alan (11) was living at 4A London Road, St Clement's with his mother and one older sister
  • 1911: Alan (21), described as a clerk to a public company, was living at 52 Stratford Street, east Oxford with his parents and two older sisters

Captain, 69th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in action in Belgium on 20 September 1917, aged 27

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 10 October 1917

Buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium (III. J. 25)

Brief BIOGRAPHY (on Cowley Road Methodist Church website)

Cowley Road Methodist
Church, Oxford

H. F. ARCHER

Harold Francis Archer (1894–1914)

Born at 75 Mill Street, Osney, Oxford in 1894 and baptised at St Frideswide's Church on 4 March. The only surviving child of Albert William Archer, a journeyman miller, and Rose Ann Kimbrey

Censuses

  • 1901: Harold (7) was with his parents at 1 Ferry Hinksey Road, west Oxford
  • 1911: Harold (17) was an apprentice joiner, still living at 1 Ferry Hinksey Road with his parents

Trooper, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Killed in action in Belgium on 3 November 1914, aged 20

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 11 November 1914

No known grave. Remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 5)

Short BIOGRAPHY (in St Frideswide Church section)

St Frideswide's Church,
west Oxford

 

St Thomas-the-Martyr
Church, west Oxford

A. E. BAKER

Arthur Ernest Baker (1895/6–1915)

Son of James Palmer Baker (hairdresser & wigmaker) and Emma Dunn. His mother died at the age of 56 in 1909 when Arthur was aged 13.

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (5) was living at 9 Little Clarendon Street with his parents and six older siblings
  • 1911: Arthur (15) was still at school and living at 32 St John Street, Oxford with his widower father and four older siblings

Lance Corporal, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in Belgium on 17 October 1915, aged 20

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI

No known grave. Remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 37 & 39)

Short Biography by St Giles' Church, Oxford

St Giles' Church,
Oxford

C. M. BARFOOT

Charles Matthew Barfoot (1889–1917)

Born at 102 Botley Road, Oxford in 1889, parents unknown

Censuses

  • 1891: Charles (1) was living with his grandparents Samuel Barfoot and Ann and six of their children at the Corporation House in Botley Road
  • 1901: Charles (11) was still living with his grandparents and three of their children at the Corporation Yard, 1 Botley Road
  • 1911: Charles (21), a printer, was living at 102 Botley Road with his grandparents Samuel and Ann Barfoot and another of their grandchildren

Charles was working as a monotype compositor at Oxford University Press when he volunteered to serve on 1 September 1914. He served in England to 15 October 1915, then in France from 16 October to December 1915, and then in Salonika

Corporal, 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in Salonika, Macedonia on 25 April 1917, age 27

According to his probate record, he was living at the Local Board Wharf, New Botley at the time of his death

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI

No known grave. Remembered on the Doiran Memorial, Greece

Oxford University Press

A. H. BARTLETT

Arthur Henry Bartlett (also known as Arthur Harry Bartlett) (1893–1916)

Born at 82 Southmoor Road, Oxford on 16 December 1893 and baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church on 15 March 1894. Son of Richard Henry John Bartlett (a law clerk) and Emma Sarah Plews.

He probably left this elementary school in March 1907, and at the age of 13 in April 1907 he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street. His address was then 64 Abingdon Road. He left school in July 1910 to take up clerical work.

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (7) was living at 41 Walton Well Road with his parents and three siblings, plus their general servant
  • 1911: Arthur (17) was an auctioneer's clerk, living at 229 Banbury Road, Oxford with his parents and two of his sisters

Private, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in France on 23 July 1916, aged 22

Described as being of Banbury at time of death

CWGC and on OCHHR

Photograph in OJI of 16 August 1916

No known grave. Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10A and 10D)

Oxford Boys' High School

A. BELCHER

Arthur Belcher (1896–1917)

Born in Oxford in 1896. Son of Joseph Belcher (a postman) and Annie Rainbow

Arthur moved on from this elementary school to the City Technical School

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (5) was living at 21 Marlborough Road with his parents and younger brother and paternal grandfather
  • 1911: Arthur (15), who was still at school, was living at 48 Chilswell Road with his parents and two younger brothers

Sergeant, 2/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died in France of wounds received on 7 September 1917, aged 21

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 10 October 1917

Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen (P. III. E. 10A)

BIOGRAPHY (on “66 men of Grandpont” website)

St Matthew's Church, Grandpont, Oxford

 

C. S. BENSON

Cyril Samuel Benson (1891–1917)

Born at 122 Marlborough Road, Oxford on 7 September 1891 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 25 November. Son of James Richard Benson, B.A. (a schoolmaster) and Alice Eliza Collins.

Cyril probably left this elementary school in December 1902, and in January 1903 at the age of eleven he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street as a Free Scholar; he was then living at 229 Banbury Road. He went on to be a pupil teacher there.

He played for Oxford City Football Club.

He left the high school in July 1910 and was matriculated at the University of Oxford by Pembroke College in October 1910 and read Modern History, but appears not to have completed his degree. He volunteered to serve in the war on 22 December 1914.

Censuses

  • 1901: Cyril (9) was living at 100 Marlborough Road with his parents and four siblings, and their 14-year-old servant girl
  • 1911: Both Cyril (19), who would have been on Easter vacation from Pembroke College, and his family are hard to find.

Second Lieutenant, 6th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action at Trescoult, France on 24 April 1917, age 25

Living with his parents at 27 Chalfont Road at the time of his death

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph of Second Lieutenant Cyril Benson in uniform, c.1915
Photograph in OJI of 25 October 1916
(also photographed as a King's Scout on 23 February 1910)

Buried at Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, France (D.7)

BIOGRAPHY (on Pembroke College, Oxford website)

St Ebbe's Church, Oxford

 

Oxford Boys' High School

 

Pembroke College, Oxford

E. W. BROOKS

Ernest William Brooks (1887–1917): Teacher at this elementary school

Born at 16 Cambridge Terrace, Oxford on 14 September 1887 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 5 October. Son of George William Brooks, a college bedmaker, and Emma Smith

From 1907 to 1909 Ernest trained as a teacher at Culham College, and was simultaneously employed as a teacher at this Central Boys' School

Matriculated at the University of Oxford by St Catherine's Society in October 1912 as a non-collegiate student to read Classics, gaining his BA in just over two years. He joined the army as a volunteer on 22 December 1914.

Censuses

  • 1891: Ernest (3) was living at 16 Cambridge Terrace with his parents and younger sister
  • 1901: Ernest (13) was living at 7 White House Road, Grandpont, Oxford with his parents and younger sister
  • 1911: Ernest (23), described as an assistant elementary teacher, was still living at 7 White House Road with his parents and younger sister

Captain, 6th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action at Ypres, Belgium in September 1917, aged 30

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 10 October 1917

Buried at Cement House Cemetery, Belgium (Special Memorial B.2)

BIOGRAPHY (on “66 men of Grandpont” website)

St Matthew's Church, Grandpont, Oxford

 

St Catherine's Society, now in former St Cross Church

 

Culham College

H. A. BROWN

Howard Alfred Brown (1888–1915)

Born at 76 Marlborough Road, Grandpont, Oxford on 30 June 1888 and baptised at St Aldate's Church on 22 August

Son of Alfred Brown, a college servant, and Jane (surname unknown, expected marriage in 1881/2 not found

Censuses

  • 1891: Howard (2) was living at 76 Marlborough Road with his parents and two older siblings, plus one lodger
  • 1901: Howard (12) was living at 7 Isis Street, St Aldate's, Oxford with his parents and two of his siblings, plus two lodgers
  • 1911: Howard (22) was an assistant teacher, living at 7 Isis Street with his parents and two of his three siblings, plus two boarders

Howard was living at Worthing, Sussex (possibly working as a teacher there) when he enlisted at Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Is he the Howard A. Brown who married Mary Gant in Portsmouth in early 1915?

Private, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
    (formerly 17904 Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry)
Died of wounds at sea, presumably off Turkey, on 11 November 1915
No known grave: remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey (Panel 126-135
    or 223-226 228-229 & 328)

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 5 January 1916

 
M. BROWNING

Montague Theodore Spindler Browning (1890–1914)

Born at 25 Duke Street, Osney Oxford on 27 May 1890 and baptised at St Frideswide's Church on 22 June

Son of George Henry Browning, who was a night watchman/general labourer/drain attendant, and Elizabeth Spindler.

He enlisted in the Royal Horse Guards on 7 May 1907.

Censuses

  • 1891: Montague (ten months) was living at 26 Duke Street, Osney, Oxford, with his parents and his two older siblings and his maternal uncle
  • 1901: Montague (10) was living at 4 London Place, St Clement's, Oxford with his parents and three siblings and his maternal uncle
  • 1911: Montague (21) was a Trooper in the Royal Horse Guards stationed at the Combermer Barracks in Windsor

Corporal, Royal Horse Guards
Died of wounds near Zillebeke in Belgium on 29 October 1914, aged 24

His parents were living at Ebbsfleet, 9 Minster Road by 1914.

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 16 December 1914

No known grave. Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 3) on the Household Cavalry Memorial at Zandvoorde

St Thomas-the-Martyr
Church, west Oxford

 

A. E. BUCKLE

Alfred Edward Buckle (1894–1917)

Born at 45 St Thomas's Street, Oxford on 7 April 1894 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 14 May. Son of Sidney Jonah Buckle, a baker & grocer, and Kate Evans

Censuses

  • 1901: Alfred (6) was living at 40 Hythe Bridge Street with his parents and older brother, plus two boarders
  • 1911: Alfred (17) was living at 96 & 98 Great Western Street, Moss Side, Manchester with the family of his employer, the dairyman Thomas Davies; his parents were now living at Priory Road, Alcester, Warwickshire with four of his siblings

Driver at Base H. T. Depot (Salonika), Army Service Corps
Died at sea on 2 June 1917, aged 23

CWGC, not in OCHHR as family had moved away from Oxford
No photograph in OJI

Remembered on the Chatby Memorial in Egypt

His parents were living at 65 Slade Road, Gravelly Hill, Erdington, Birmingham by the early 1920s

 
W. E. BULBECK

Walter Edwin Bulbeck (1896–1916)

Born at 15 Caroline Street, Oxford in 1896 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 26 July. Son of Walter Bulbeck, a house painter, and Sarah Eleanor Hanks.

Censuses

  • 1901: Walter (4) was living at 21 Cherwell Street, east Oxford with his parents and five siblings
  • 1911: Walter (14) was working as a tailor's porter and living at 55 St Clement's Street with his parents and five siblings.

Lance Corporal, 1/4 Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in France on 23 July 1916 (first day of Battle of Pozières), aged 20

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI

Buried at Pozières British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, France (I. B. 18)

St Clement’s Church,
Oxford

W. F. CHANDLER

William Frederick Chandler (1892–1917)

Born in Summertown, Oxford on 20 February 1892 and baptised there on 20 March. Son of William Henry Chandler, a grocer, and Clara Jane Gregory

William probably left this elementary school at Christmas 1903. In January 1904, just before his twelfth birthday, he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street. He left the high school in March 1906 at the age of 14 and went to work as an under-assistant at the Bodleian Library. Later that year he was apprenticed to Messrs Wyatt & Son, ironmongers

Censuses

  • 1901: William (9) was living at 31 Beechcroft Road, Summertown with his parents and two younger brothers
  • 1911: William (19), described as an ironmonger's assistant, was boarding at 7 Park Terrace in Thame; his parents were still at 31 Beechcroft Road with William's younger brothers

Private, 44th Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps
Died of sickness in Oxford on 9 March 1917, aged 25

Buried in Wolvercote Cemetery on 13 March 1917 (Grave A2/172).

OCHHR (not listed by CWGC as a war death)
No photograph in OJI

BIOGRAPHY (in Walton Street Methodist Chapel section)

Oxford Boys' High School

 

Walton Street Methodist Chapel, Oxford

T. COOPER

Probably Thomas Frank Cooper (1896–1915)

Born in Oxford in 1896 and baptised at Steeple Aston on 14 June. Son of John William Cooper, a railway porter, and Georgina Fanny Mole (sometimes Fanny Georgina)

Censuses

  • 1901: Thomas (4) was living at 5 Ferry Hinksey Road with his parents and two older siblings
  • 1911: Thomas (14) was a butcher's apprentice, living at 5 Ferry Hinksey Road with his parents and three siblings

Rifleman/Corporal, 4th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in action on 8 May 1915, aged 18

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 9 June 1915

No known grave. Remembered on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 51 & 53)

 
F. W DAVIES

Frederick William Davies (1898–1918)

Born at 2 Victoria Buildings, Oxford on 12 September 1898 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 6 November. Only child of Frederick Meech Davies, a grocer's assistant and later a hairdresser & tobacconist, and Mary Eleanor Durant.

Censuses

  • 1901: Frederick (2) was living at 51 St Aldate's Street, Oxford with his parents and a young hairdresser
  • 1911: Frederick (12) was still at school, living at 5 Chilswell Road, Oxford with his parents

Air Mechanic Second Class, 4th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Killed in action on 12 September 1918, aged 20

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photographed in OJI of 25 September 1918

Buried at Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France (II. E. 25)

St Thomas-the-Martyr
Church, west Oxford

J. G. DAY

John George Day (1877–1918)

Born at Friar's Wharf, Oxford on 1 September 1877 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 26 September. Son of William Gibbons Day and Harriet King.

In 1900 in Buckinghamshire, John George Day married Mary Louisa Baker

Censuses

  • 1891: John (13) was a bootmaker's shop boy, living at 3 Jubilee Terrace, St Aldate's, Oxford with his widowed mother Harriet Day, who was working as a shirtmaker, and his older brother William, plus their two lodgers
  • 1901: John (23) was a grocer's assistant and was living with his wife Mary at 24 Alpha Street, Slough with John's parents-in-law John & Elizabeth Baker, his two unmarried sisters-in-law, and a granddaughter of the Bakers
  • 1911: John (34) was a grocer's assistant living at 142 High Street, in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire with his wife Mary and his ten-year old niece, and another grocer's assistant was boarding with them.

Private, 20th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment (formerly in the Hampshire Regiment)

Died of wounds in France on 27 October 1918, aged 41 (CWGC wrongly says 43)

CWGC (not on OCHHR, as had moved away from Oxford

 
R. W. DOUBLEDAY

Reginald Walter Doubleday (1894–1917)

Born at 11 James Street, east Oxford in 1894 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 5 August. Son of Richard Dixon Doubleday (Oxfordshire County Council's first Inspector of Weights and Measures) and Mary Jane Leather

Censuses

  • 1901: Reginald (6) was living in Temple Cowley with his parents and six siblings and a cousin
  • 1911: Reginald (17) was an assistant manual instructor at a city elementary school, living at The Elms in Cowley with his parents and five siblings, plus their servant girl

Acting Bombardier, "C" Battery, 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died 27 October 1917, aged 23

CWGC (not on OCHHR, as the Cowley villages were then outside Oxford)
No photograph in OJI

Buried at Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery, Belgium (III. A. 20)

BIOGRAPHY (on Oxfordshire County Council staff war memorial section)

Oxfordshire County
Council staff

F. C. EDGINTON

Frederick Charles Edginton (1891–1917)

Born in Oxford in 1891. Son of Edward George Edgin[g]ton, carpenter, and Emma Taylor

Censuses

  • 1901: Frederick (10) was living at 27 Observatory Street, Oxford with his parents and two younger sisters
  • 1911: Frederick (20), now an apprentice compositor, was living at Hollow Way, Cowley with his parents and three sisters

Worked as a compositor at the Church Army Press in Oxford. Parents lived at 26 Crescent Road, Cowley just after the war

Corporal, 1/4 Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action on 22 August 1917, aged 26

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI

No known grave. Remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 96 to 98)

Brief BIOGRAPHY (on Cowley Road Methodist Church website)

Cowley Road Methodist
Church, Oxford

L. W. EDWARDS

Lawrence Wilfred Edwards (1895–1917)

Son of Robert Farthing Edwards, who worked for the Great Western Railway, and Anne Howe

Censuses

  • 1901: Lawrence (6) was living at 49 Hill View Road, west Oxford with his parents and five of his siblings
  • 1911: Lawrence (16), described as a college servant, was still living at 49 Hill View Road with his parents and three of his siblings

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps
Drowned on 17 April 1917, aged 22 when H.M. Hospital Ship Lanfranc (on which he was being transported as one of the wounded from Le Havre to Southampton) was torpedoed

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 2 May 1917

No known grave. Remembered on Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

BIOGRAPHY (in St Frideswide's Church section)

St Frideswide's Church,
west Oxford
(+ personal brass memorial there)

R. FORD

Reginald James Ford (1888–1916)

Born at 61 Marston Street, east Oxford, on 5 May 1888 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 28 May. Son of James Ford, who was a librarian, and Lois Kate Talbot

Censuses

  • 1891: Reginald (2) was living at 61 Marston Street, east Oxford with his parents and younger sister plus their general servant
  • 1901: Reginald (12), was living at 39 Warwick Street, east Oxford with his parents and his four younger siblings, plus their 14-year-old servant girl
  • 1911: Reginald (22) was an assistant schoolmaster, boarding at St Bees, Cumberland. His parents and four siblings were still living in Oxford, now at Radcliffe, 36 Warwick Street

Captain, 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Killed in action on 1 July 1916, aged 28

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 12 July 1916. His papers in National Archives

Buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France (V. W. 9)

Cowley St John Church, Oxford

V. FORTY

Valentine James Forty (1886–1916)

Born at Stow Cottage, Randolph Street, east Oxford on 14 February 1886 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 14 February. Son of Henry Cowling Forty, a carpenter, and Mary Jones

Censuses

  • 1891: Valentine (5) was living at Stow Cottage, Randolph Street with his parents and six siblings
  • 1901: Valentine (15), who was now working as a clerk, was living at 41 Randolph Street with his parents and five of his siblings:
  • 1911: Valentine (25), now an assistant in an ironmonger's shop, was still living at 41 Randolph Street, east Oxford with his parent and younger brother and sister

Private, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
Died of wounds in Salonika on 4 November 1916, aged 30

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 29 November 1916

Buried in Lahana Military Cemetery, Greece (I. D. 2)

BIOGRAPHY (by Barry Burnham for St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church)

St Michael-
at-the-
Northgate
Church, Oxford

C. H. GOLDIE

Charles Herbert Goldie (1899–1918)

Born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire in 1899 and baptised there on 6 August. Son of James Lipsham Goldie, a Regimental Sergeant Major of the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars, and Julia Lucy (surname unknown, possibly Gallagher)

Censuses

  • 1901: Charles (1) was living in Oxford Street, Woodstock with his father and older sister. His mother was away, but his grandmother, aunt, and cousin were staying
  • 1911: Charles (11) was still at school and living at St Thomas's House, Paradise Square, Oxford with his parents and four siblings

Private, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment
(formerly Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry)
Died in France on 24 April 1918, aged 18 (so must have lied about his age when enlisting)

CWGC (not on OCHHR)
Photograph in OJI of 7 August 1918

No known grave. Remembered on the Pozières Memorial, France (Panels 24 & 25)

 
S. F. GREEN

Stephen Frederick Green (1893–1915)

Born at 42 New Inn Hall Street, Oxford in 1893 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 12 March. Son of Stephen John Green, a college porter and later a grocer's porter and then a sculleryman, and Elizabeth Evans

Censuses

  • 1901: Stephen (8) was living at 20 New Inn Hall Street, Oxford with his parents and two older sisters
  • 1911: Stephen (18) was a cycle & motor engineer, living at 20 New Inn Hall Street with his parents and two older sisters

Private, 273rd Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps (volunteered on 9 November 1914)
Drowned on the sinking of the SS Citta di Palermo six miles north of Brindisi, Italy on 8 January 1916, aged 23

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 9 February 1916

No known grave. Remembered on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

St Peter-le-Bailey
Church, Oxford

S. J. GRIFFIN

Sidney James Griffin (1895–1918), first name also spelt Sydney

Born at 32 Juxon Street, Jericho, Oxford on 12 August 1895. Son of Michael John Griffin, a stereo & electrotype finisher, and Kate Hannah Goldsmith

Sidney probably left this elementary school at the end of the Summer Term of 1908. In September 1908 at the age of 13, he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street, where he later became a pupil teacher. He left the high school in July 1914 and was matriculated at the University of Oxford by Jesus College that autumn. He did not complete his degree, but enlisted to serve in the war on 23 April 1915.

Captain, 3rd Battalion (attached 1st Battalion), Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died on 26 March 1918 aged 22 of wounds received in action at Khan Baghdadi in Mesopotamia (Iraq)

Censuses

  • 1901: Sidney (5) was living at 32 Juxon Street, Jericho, Oxford with his parents and three siblings
  • 1911: Sidney (15) was still at school and living at 32 Juxon Street with his parents and five siblings

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI, but Boys' High School photograph here

Buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq (XVIII. E. 5)

BIOGRAPHY (in Walton Street Methodist Chapel section)

St Paul's Church, Oxford

 

Walton Street Methodist Chapel, Oxford

 

Oxford Boys' High School

 

Jesus College, Oxford

P. HAYNES

Percival Henry Haynes (aka Percy Harry Haynes, and listed in newspaper as just P. Haynes) (1881/2–1918)

Born in Oxford in 1881/2. Son of Charles Moore Haynes, a house decorator, and Matilda Kirtland Stroud

Censuses

  • 1891: Percival (9) was living at 156 Walton Street, Oxford with his parents and three siblings, plus a boarder
  • 1901: Percival (18) was now a house decorator like his father, still living at 156 Walton Street with his parents and older sister
  • 1911: Percival (29) was a house painter, still living at 156 Walton Street, Oxford with his widowed mother and his sister, plus a student lodger

On 3 March 1917 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, Percival Henry Haynes married Edith Frances Wood

Bombardier, "A" Battery, 86th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Killed in action on 27 March 1918, aged 36
Living in Walton Street at the time of his death

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI on 24 April 1916

No known grave. Remembered on the Pozières Memorial, France (Panel 7 to 10)

Biography included in that of his parents on St Sepulchre's Cemetery website

 
W. D. HOLIDAY

William Dudley Holiday (1887–1916)

Born in Oxford (probably in Summertown) on 2 June 1887. Only child of Robert Joseph Holiday, a wholesale confectioner, and Fanny Sarah S. Dodwell

William's parents lived in the hamlet of Worton, near Cassington, so he may have boarded with family in Oxford while attending this elementary school, which he probably left at the end of 1901.

In January 1902 at the age of 14 he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street as a Nixon's Scholar. He left the high school in July 1905 and became a banker's clerk.

Censuses

  • 1891: William (3) was living in the village of Cassington, Oxfordshire with his parents, their general servant, and a boarder
  • 1901: William (13) was living in the hamlet of Worton, near Cassington with his parents and their mother's help/companion. His father now described himself as a poultry breeder
  • 1911: William (23) was a bank clerk, boarding at 1 Holmwood Gardens, Brixton Hill, London; his parents were still in Cassington.

Private, 26th (Bankers') Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed in action on 6 October 1916, aged 29

Was living with his parents at 36 Montagu Gardens, Wallington, Surrey at the time of his death

CWGC (not on OCHHR as family did not live in the city)
No photograph in OJI
Photograph of Corporal William Dudley Holiday taken in c.1915

No known grave. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Vace 8 C 9 A and 16 A)

Oxford Boys' High School

F. HOUNSLOW

Frank Hounslow (1889–1917)
Brother of next

Born at 13 Friars Wharf, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 23 September 1889. Tenth child of Henry William Hounslow, a gas fitter, and Harriet Eliza Bourton.

Frank Hounslow was working as a college cook when In 1908 in Oxford he married Ethel May Skidmore, and they had two sons

Censuses:

  • 1891: Frank (2) was living at 13 Friars Wharf, Oxford with his parents and seven siblings
  • 1901: Frank (13) was living at 20 Isis Street, Oxford with his widowed mother Eliza and six siblings
  • 1911: Frank (age given as 26, but should be 23, and although listed as married was not with his wife) was working as a chef at the Jellalabad Military Barracks, South Tedworth, Hampshire

Lance Serjeant, 3/4 Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Killed in action on 10 November 1917, aged 28

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 2 January 1918

Buried in Cement House Cemetery, Belgium (I. L. 3)

BIOGRAPHY (on Roll of Honour website: St Aldate's Church)

St Aldate's Church,
Oxford

N. HOUNSLOW

Nelson Hounslow (1893–1916)
Brother of previous

Born at 13 Friars Wharf, St Ebbe's, Oxford in 1893. Twelfth child of William Henry Hounslow, a gas fitter, and Harriet Eliza Bourton

Censuses

  • 1901: Nelson (8) was living at 20 Isis Street, south Oxford with his parents and five older brothers
  • 1911: Nelson (18), who was a tailor's apprentice, was still living at 20 Isis Street with his widowed mother and one of his sisters

Private, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died of wounds on 11 December 1916, aged 23

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 17 January 1917

Buried in Contalmaison Château Cemetery, France (I. E. 14)

BIOGRAPHY (on Roll of Honour website: St Aldate's Church)

St Aldate's Church,
Oxford

H. H. JENNINGS

Hubert Holmes Jennings (1891/2–1917)

Born in Oxford in 1891/2. Son of Joseph Jennings, a college porter, and Florence Louisa Holmes

On 27 March 1911 Hubert Holmes Jennings, hitherto a librarian, arrived in Canada, where he intended to take up farming in Calgary, Alberta

Censuses

  • 1901: Hubert (8) was living at 1 Worcester Street with his parents and three brothers
  • 1911: Living in Canada

Lance Corporal, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Killed in action on 21 June 1917, aged 25

His widowed mother was living in Market Street, Oxford at the time of his death

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 1 August 1917

Buried in Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhile, France (II. F. 17)

 
G. S. KING

Gilbert Stewart King (1894–1917)

Born 13 Albert Street, Jericho, Oxford in 1894 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, St Ebbe's on 9 September. Son of Percival Henry King, a compositor, and Alice Maria Wheelwright. By 1901 Mrs King was an elementary school mistress

Censuses

  • 1901: Gilbert (6) was living in the village of Kennington, Berkshire, with his parents and older sister
  • 1911: Gilbert (16) was an apprentice cabinet maker, living at The Hawthorns, Kennington, Berkshire with his parents and his older sister

Captain in the 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Died in France on 3 May 1917, aged 22

CWGC. Not in OCHHR as family had moved outside the city
No photograph in OJI
Papers in National Archives

Remembered on the Arras Memorial, France

Kennington War
Memorial

W. R. KING

William Reginald King (1897–1918)

Born at 64 St Aldate's Street, Oxford on 29 December 1897 and baptised at St Aldate's Church on 16 February 1898. Only child of William George King, grocer's manager, and Rose Agnes Saunders

Censuses

  • 1901: William (3) (recorded as Reginald) was living at 64 St Aldate's Street, Oxford with his parents
  • 1911: William (13) was living at 60 Marlborough Road, Grandpont, Oxford with his parents

Private, 5th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action on 3 February 1918, aged 20

CWGC and on OCHHR (the W. R. King of latter confirms that the W. King of the former is the right man)
Photograph in OJI of 31 January 1917

Buried at Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, France (II. G. 14)

BIOGRAPHY (on “66 men of Grandpont” website)

St Matthew's Church, Grandpont, Oxford
and
individual memorial there

J. S. LAWRENCE

Not on OCHHR.

None with these initials registered as born in Oxford or Headington registration districts

Two possibilities with the full initials: CWGC and CWGC
The latter soldier (died 14 June 1917) was in the Gordon Highlanders, in which case he could have been the Scottish boy called James Lawrence, born in c.1895, who was living at 163 Kingston Road in 1901 with his parents Joseph and Isabella, his three younger siblings, and his aunt Miss Jessie ?Prosue. His father was a manager in electrical engineers and iron founders (probably Lucy's)

 
A. LISEMORE

Arthur Lisemore (1884–1917)

Born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford on 4 January 1884 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 7 January. The youngest of the twelve children of of John Lisemore, a china dealer, and Ellen Mary Hoare.

Arthur's mother Ellen died at the age of 40 three days after Arthur's birth, and in 1891 his father married his second wife, Mary Jane Harrison

On 11 February 1907 at St Barnabas' Church, Oxford, Arthur Lisemore married Elizabeth Maud Shuter. Their son Frederick John Henry Lisemore was born at 21 Minster Road on 16 July 1911 and baptised at St Barnabas Church on 17 September.

His father John Lisemore died at 4 Regent Street, Oxford on 3 February 1909, and his effects came to over £9,712.

Censuses

  • 1891: Arthur (7) was living at 64 George Street with his widower father, his six siblings, including his married sister Beatrice Heritage who kept house for them and her husband and daughter
  • 1901: Arthur (16) was a grocer's clerk, living at 4 Regent Street, east Oxford with his father, stepmother, and brother
  • 1911: Arthur (27), a china & glass merchant, was living at Kildare, 21 Minster Road, east Oxford with his wife and their 15-year-old servant girl

Private, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, formerly Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Killed in action in France on 5 November 1917, aged 33

His wife and son were living at 19 Southmoor Road, Oxford at the time of his death.

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 26 December 1917

Buried in the Thelus Military Cemetery, France (I. D. 10)

Biography included in that of his mother on St Sepulchre's Cemetery website

 
A. G. MUNN

Arthur George Munn, known as George (1876–1916)
Brother of next two

Born in Shinfield, Berkshire in 1876. Son of Michael Munn (army man who retired to Oxford as a publican) and Susan Tierney

Censuses

  • 1881: Arthur (4) was living at 44 Pembroke Street, Oxford with his parents and five of his siblings
  • 1891: Arthur (14), already described as a soldier, was living at 44 St Aldate's Street, Oxford with his parents and three siblings
  • 1901 and 1911 censuses: Hard to locate: may have been away in the army.

Company Sergeant Major, 12th Labour Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Died in France on 11 October 1916. aged 40

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried in the Baupaume Post Military Cemetery, Albert, France (I. D. 11)

Parents living at 2 Bedford Street, east Oxford just after the war

 
E. MUNN

Ernest Nolan Tierney Munn (1880–1916)
Brother of last and next

Born in Oxford in 1880, reg. simply as Ernest Munn. Son of Michael Munn (army man who retired to Oxford as a publican) and Susan Tierney

Censuses

  • 1881: Ernest (1) was living at Cowley Barracks with his parents and two of his younger brothers
  • 1891: Ernest (10) was still at school and living at 44 Pembroke Street, Oxford with his parents and five siblings
  • 1901: Ernest (20) was possibly away in the army: not at home with his family in Oxford
  • 1911: Ernest (31), described as a Lance-Corporal in the Leinster Regiment, was on leave with his parents at 16 Fairacres Road, Oxford

Company Sergeant Major, 2nd West India Regiment
Died in South Africa from sickness on 23 July 1916, aged 36

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried in the Durban (Ordnance Road) Military Cemetery, South Africa (C. 7)

Parents living at 2 Bedford Street, east Oxford just after the war

Masonic World War I
roll of honour

W. MUNN

William Munn (1889–1915)
Brother of previous two

Born in Oxford in 1889. Son of Michael Munn (army man who retired to Oxford as a publican) and Susan Tierney

Censuses

  • 1891: William (2) was living at 44 Pembroke Street, Oxford with his parents and five siblings
  • 1901: William (12) was living at 44 St Aldate's Street, Oxford with his parents and three siblings
  • 1911: William (22) was a Lance-Corporal in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, billeted at Cowley Barracks

Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action on 25 September 1915, aged 26

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried in the Durban (Ordnance Road) Military Cemetery (C. 7)

Parents living at 2 Bedford Street, east Oxford just after the war

 
C. E. PIESLEY

Charles Edward Piesley (1895–1916)

Born in Oxford in 1895, birth registered in Abingdon district. Son of George Piesley, a publican, and Sarah Peers

His war record shows that he was living at Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent at the time of his death

Censuses

  • 1901: Charles (5) was living at the Swan Hotel in Acre End Street, Eynsham with his parents and three brothers
  • 1911: Charles (15), recorded under his middle name of Edward, was a grocer's apprentice, living at Leden Porch Hall, 41 Pembroke Street, Oxford with his widower father, who was the publican there, a related housekeeper, and his two younger brothers, plus a general servant

Private, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Died in France on 3 July 1916, aged 21

CWGC. Not on OCHHR as family had moved away from Oxford

Buried at Heilley Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbé, France (I. D. 19)

 
H. ROUGH

Henry Rough (1896–1917)

Born at Long Bridges, Oxford on 24 March 1896 and baptised at St Aldate's Church on 14 June. Son of Frederick Rough, a boat-builder, and Annie Cuthbertson

Censuses

  • 1901: Henry (5) was living at 2 Parker Street, Oxford with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: Henry (15) was in Wandsworth, staying with his widowed aunt Elizabeth Clasper (née Rough). His parents and five siblings were living at Long Bridges (presumably Riverside House, on the towpath)

Private, 7th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment
Killed in action in Salonika on 24/25 April 1917, aged 21

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried in the Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece (V. C. 25)

BIOGRAPHY (on “66 men of Grandpont” website)

St Matthew's Church, Grandpont, Oxford

R. SAMMONS

Reginald Ernest William Sammons (1894–1917)

Born at 48 St John's Road (now renamed St Bernard's Road), Oxford on 28 May 1894 and baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church on 5 August. Son of Arthur Sammons (a plumber/gas fitter) and Emily Louisa Bowerman

Censuses

  • 1901: Reginald (6) was living at 11 Juxon Street, Jericho, Oxford with his mother and four siblings
  • 1911: Reginald (16), with no occupation listed, was living at 27 Oakthorpe Road, Summertown with his parents and four siblings

Corporal, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action on 7 August 1917, aged 22

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried in the Track X Cemetery, Belgium (E. 45)

 
C. G. SIMPSON

Charles Gordon Simpson (1885–1919)

Born in Holy Trinity parish, St Ebbe's, Oxford on 13 August 1885 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 30 September. Only child of Sam Simpson, college servant at Christ Church in 1911, and Annie Beatrice Hill.

Censuses

  • 1891: Charles (5) was living at 6 Speedwell Street, St Ebbe's, Oxford with his parents and their servant girl
  • 1901: Charles (15) was living at 48 Western Road, Grandpont, Oxord with his parents
  • 1911: Charles (25) was a piano teacher, still living with his parents at 48 Western Road

Listed in his own right at 4 Oriel Street in Kelly's Directory for 1916: now a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. He apparently became a Roman Catholic before his death.

Private, 256th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps
Died of influenza (broncho-pneumonia) at No. 11 Casualty Clearing Station in France on 14 January 1919, aged 33

CWGC; not on OCHHR

Buried in St André Communal Cemetery, Lille, France (I.B.4)

St Aloysius RC Church, Oxford

F. T. SKINNER

Frederick Tom Skinner (1880–1916)

Born in Oxford on 22 March 1880 and baptised at the Wesley Memorial Church on 19 May. Son of Tom Skinner, a draper, and Marian Lydia Millin

Frederick probably left this elementary school at Christmas 1890. In January 1891 at the age of nearly twelve, he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street as a Corporation Free Scholar.

He left the high school in July 1898 and was matriculated at the University of Oxford by Oriel College the Michaelmas Term of that year. He was awarded his B.A. (and automatically received his M.A. seven years after matriculation).

Frederick Tom Skinner married Frances Norton Lewis in Oxford in 1906.

Censuses

  • 1881: Frederick (1) was living at 1 St Giles Street with his parents and aunt, plus an apprentice draper and a boarder and their two servant girls (aged 18 and 12). The Wesleyan minister of Woodstock was paying them a visit
  • 1891: Frederick (11) was at school, and living at 1 Woodstock Road with his parents and five siblings, plus three draper's assistants, a draper's apprentice, and two general servants
  • 1901: Frederick (21), described as an undergraduate, was living at 10 St Margaret's Road with his parents and four siblings, plus a general servant
  • 1911: Frederick (31) was a schoolmaster at King Edward's School, Bath, living at 18 Bloomfield Avenue, Bath with his wife and their boarder

Major, 14th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
(University of Oxford Roll of Service wrongly says Captain in 12th Hampshire Regiment)
Killed in action at the Somme on 3 September 1916, aged 36

His widow lived at 125 Woodstock Road, north Oxford

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 1, France (IX. C. 6)

St Giles' Church, Oxford

 

Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford

 

Oxford Boys' High School

 

Oriel College, Oxford

 

Trinity Methodist Church, Southsea

A. SKUCE

Arthur Skuce (1892–1917)

Born in Oxford on 9 October 1892. Son of John Skuce and his second wife Emma Caroline King
of 59 Warwick Street

Censuses

  • 1901: Arthur (8) was living at 105 Walton Street, Oxford with his parents and four of his siblings.
  • 1911: Arthur (18), a shop assistant in a gentleman's outfitters, was living at 59 Warwick Street, east Oxford with his parents, his stepsister, and nine siblings.

Captain, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Died in the Whitechapel area of London on 8 October 1917 of wounds received in action at Ypres on 20 September 1917, aged 24

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph of the funeral in OJI of 17 October 1917

Buried at Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford (A1. 214)

BIOGRAPHY (in Walton Street Methodist Chapel section)

Walton Street
Methodist Chapel,
Oxford

 

F. J. SLAY

Francis John William Slay (1892–1918)

Born at 49 Aston Street, east Oxford on 24 April 1892 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 29 May. Son of Francis John Slay, a commercial traveller, and Selina Baker

Francis was a student at St John's College, Edmonton, Canada when he joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 3 July 1916.

Censuses

  • 1901: Francis (9) was living at 13 London Road, St Clement's with his parents (who ran a lodging house there) and his two younger siblings
  • 1911: Francis (18) was a boot & shoe maker's apprentice, living at 10 Wellington Square, Oxford with his parents (who ran a lodging house there) and his younger brother

Private, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion
Killed in action at Cambrai, France on 29 September 1918, aged 26

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 30 October 1918

Buried at Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France (II. E. 8)

BIOGRAPHY (St Giles' Church)

The Canadian Virtual
War Memorial

 

St Giles' Church
war memorial

F. H. SMITH

Francis Hugh Silvester Smith (1895–1917)

Born in Oxford in 1895. Son of Francis Hugh Smith and Elizabeth Reeves

Censuses

  • 1901: Francis (6) was living at 17 Hill View Road, west Oxford with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: Francis (16), now a probationer draper's apprentice, was living at 17 Hill View Road with his parents and three siblings

Sergeant, 2/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry,
attached to Trench Mortar Battery
Killed in action in France on 6 April 1917, aged 22

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 25 April 1917

Buried at Vermand Communal Cemetery, France (A. 1)

Short BIOGRAPHY (in St Frideswide's Church section)

St Frideswide's Church, Oxford

N. T. SMITH

Norman Taylor Smith (1895–1916)

Born in Aberdeen on 6 April 1895. Son of Robert Smith (foreman at Lucy's Ironworks) and Grace Ann Sutherland Taylor

Censuses

  • 1901: Norman (5) was living at 26 Christ Church New Buildings, St Thomas's, Oxford with his mother Grace and his older brother: his father was away on census night
  • 1911: Norman (15), described as an engineer's pattern maker, was living at 55 Kingston Road, Oxford with his parents

Serjeant, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in France on 23 July 1916, aged 21

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 30 August 1916

Buried at Pozières Military Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boiselle, France (I. C. 31)

BIOGRAPHY (in St Margaret's Church section)

St Margaret's Church,
north Oxford

C. H. STYLES

Charles Henry Styles (1897–1916)

Born at 50 Rectory Road (then called Pembroke Street), St Clement's, Oxford on 25 January 1897 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 27 April. Son of Stephen Styles (a college porter) and Harriet Wright

Censuses

  • 1901: Charles (4) was living at 50 Rectory Road (wrongly recorded as 51) with his parents and four siblings
  • 1911: Charles (14) was still at school and living at 50 Rectory Road with his parents and five siblings

Private, 1/4 Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Killed in action in France on 23 July 1916, aged 19

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 30 August 1916

No known grave. Remembered on Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D)

St Clement’s Church, Oxford

J. W. THOMSON

John William Thomson, known as Jack (1896/7–1916)

Born in Brighton, Sussex in 1896/7. Son of Arthur Edward Thomson, a fish & poultry manager, and Inez Frances Campbell Johnson

Censuses

  • 1901: John (4) was living at 180 Clarence Road, Hackney with his parents and two siblings, plus a sick nurse
  • 1911: John (14), with no occupation given, was living at 167 Walton Street, Oxford with his parents and three siblings

Private, "A" Company, 2nd/15th Battalion, London Regiment
(Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles)
Killed in action in France on 31 July 1916, aged 19

CWGC and on OCHHR
Photograph in OJI of 13 September 1916

Buried at Maroeuil British Cemetery, France (III. B. 11)

 
W. THOMPSON

William Edwin Griffith Thompson (1885–1914),
birth registered as William Griffith E. Thompson

Born in Canterbury, Kent in 1885. Son of William Thompson (clerk & steward of the county asylum at Littlemore) and Jane (surname unknown)

Censuses

  • 1891: William (6) was living at Hill Foot Lodge, 78 St Clement's Street, with his parents and five siblings
  • 1901: William (16) was working (as was his father) as a clerk at the County Lunatic Asylum at Littlemore and was living with his parents and three siblings at 264 Iffley Road, Oxford
  • 1911: William (26) was still a clerk at the county asylum and living at 264 Iffley Road with his widowed mother and one brother, and two nieces

Volunteered at Aldershot to serve

Lance Corporal, C Squadron, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, Household Cavalry
Died of wounds in France on 6 November 1914, aged 29

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI

Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France (III. B. 39)

 
H. TYRRELL

Harry Tyrrell (1881–1918)

Born at Hurst Street, east Oxford on 5 May 1881 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 7 June. Son of Henry Charles Tyrrell (fruiterer & greengrocer) and Mary Hunt

Harry probably left this elementary school at Christmas 1894. In January 1895 at the age of 13 he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street, but only spent just over one year at the high school, leaving in April 1896.

In 1904 in the Abingdon registration district, Harry Tyrrell married Mary Elizabeth Tyrrell (possibly a relation).

Censuses

  • 1891: Harry (9) was living at 34 Bullingdon Road, east Oxford with his parents and four siblings
  • 1901: Harry (19) is hard to find. His parents were living with four of his siblings and their general servant at 47 Marston Street in east Oxford.
  • 1911: Harry (30) was a wholesale fruit & potato merchant and living at 61 Warwick Street, east Oxford with his wife (Mary) Elizabeth and their daughter Kate (5). Their son John Henry Tyrrell was born the following year

Lieutenant, 11th (Queen’s) Royal West Surrey Regiment
Died of wounds in France on 23 March 1918, aged 37
(21 March according to the Boys' High School Roll of Service)

CWGC and on OCHHR
No photograph in OJI

No known grave. Remembered on the Arras Memorial, France (Bay 2)

St Clement’s Church, Oxford

 

Oxford Boys' High School

F. G. WALKLETT

Francis George Walklett (1887–1919)

Born in Darley, Derbyshire on 27 May 1887 and baptised there on 14 August. (The family was living in St Mary Magdalen parish, Oxford at the time of his baptism)

Son of Francis Hay Walklett, a gas fitter, and Dorothy Stone, who were married in Derbyshire (Bakewell registration district) in 1881

Censuses

  • 1891: Francis (8) was living at 19 Albert Street, Jericho, Oxford with his parents and four siblings

(His mother died in Derbyshire in 1895, and his father in the Headington registration district in 1896, and Francis and his four siblings went to live with their uncle)

  • 1901: Francis (18) was a school teacher, and he and his four siblings lived with their unmarried uncle George Walklett, a chemist at 271 Cowley Road, Oxford, and their unmarried aunt Frances Walklett
  • 1911: Francis (28) was a chemist's assistant, and he and two of his siblings were still living with their uncle and aunt, now at 26 Park End Street, Oxford

Francis moved on from the Central Boys' School to Oxford Boys' High School in George Street as a Nixon's Scholar in January 1901 when he was 13.

Sergeant, Royal Army Medical Corps (116578)
Attached to the 5 Indian General Hospital, Egypt
He died of sickness in Oxford (after active service in Italy) on 24 February 1919

Not on CWGC, but listed on OCHHR

Oxford Boys' High School

S. A. WHITE

Stewart Alexander White (1886–1916)

Born in Herne Bay, Kent on 24 September 1886 and baptised there on 31 October. Son of James Stephen White (a licensed victualler) and Emma Elizabeth Fisher

Stewart probably left this elementary school in December 1897. In January 1898 at the age of 11 he entered the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street. (He was then living with his uncle at 20 Beechcroft Road, Summertown; his parents still lived in Kent.) He left the high school in July 1905, and in Michaelmas Term that year was matriculated at the University of Oxford by University College, where he read Mathematics. He obtained his B.A., and seven years after matriculation was automatically awarded his M.A.

He then worked as a teacher of mathematics at three schools: first as an assistant master at the Royal Grammar School, Colchester, Kent (1909), then at South Shields High School, Durham (1911), and finally at Bede Collegiate School, Durham (1914).

He volunteered to serve in the war on 17 February 1915.

Censuses

  • 1891: Stewart (4) was living at 59 William Street, Herne Bay, Kent with his parents, his two younger siblings, and his maternal aunt
  • 1901: Stewart (14) and his two younger brothers were living with his uncle, the schoolmaster Claude Moore, at 20 Beechcroft Road, Summertown
  • 1911: Stewart (24) was a school teacher under Kent Education Committee, living at the Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent with his parents and one sister. (His mother was then the licensed victualler at this pub, aided by his father

Captain, 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in action in France on 3 July 1916, aged 29
(but Oxford Boys' High School Roll of Service says he died on 1 July)

CWGC (not on OCHHR as had moved away from Oxford)
No photograph in OJI
Photograph of Captain Stewart Alexander White, taken in c.1915

No known grave. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 10 B, 11 B, and 12 B) and on his father's grave in Herne Bay Cemetery

BIOGRAPHY (on South Shields Schools website)

Oxford Boys' High School

 

University College, Oxford

 

South Shields High School

W. D. WILSON

Not on OCHHR

 
A. E. WINSTONE

Alfred Edwin Winstone (1897–1917)

Born in Walthamstow, Essex on 1 November 1897 and baptised there on at the age of five on 16 March 1904. Son of Ernest Jones Winstone, corrector at press in Walthamstow and later Oxford, and Louisa Emily Fidler

Arthur was working in the Secretary's Office of Oxford University Press when he enlisted in August 1916. He served with the Royal Flying Corps in England to February 1917, and was then sent to France.

Censuses

  • 1901: Alfred (3) was living at 30 Edinburgh Road, Walthamstow with his parents and two older siblings
  • 1911: Alfred (13) was still at school, and was living at 68 Southmoor Road, Oxford with his parents and older brother and sister

Air Mechanic Second Class, 6th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
and 18th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in action in Belgium on 20 October 1917, aged 19

CWGC and on OCHHR

Buried at Voormezeele Enclosures Nos. 1 and 2, Belgium (I. G. 8)

Oxford University Press

L. WYATT

Only one L. Wyatt on CWGC. This is Lawrence Wyatt in Canadian Infantry, born 29 April 1897 and died 28 April 1917, but he was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia:
CWGC and Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Not on OCHHR, which means he had left Oxford

Could this be Lawrence Wyatt (born Cowley St John), aged 14 in 1911 and an apprentice upholsterer living with his grandfather Charles William Molyneux at 76 St Clement's Street? Not in Free BMD, so may have had different initials. (No Wyatt/Molyneux marriage.)

Is it E. WYATT??

 

Central Boys' School


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