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Soldiers buried in Cowley St†Jamesís churchyard

The following 19 soldiers all died between 1877 and 1892 while stationerd at Cowley Barracks and were buried in the churchyard of St James's Churchyard in Cowley, which used to be the regimental chapel of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

Most of the information about these soldiers was obtained from the crosses themselves, and they otherwise hard to trace.

All the deaths were registered in the Headington registration district, which included Cowley.


ashfield

John Ashfield

John ASHFIELD
OXON MILITIA.
DIED
8TH APRIL 1877
AGED 23 YEARS.

Born c.1854. Possibly the John Ashfield whose birth was registered at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in the first quarter of 1854

Not identified in censuses.

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 22 and was buried on 10 April 1877.


Bartlett

Alfred Bartlett

NO. 1867
PTE ALFRED BARTLETT
DIED
4TH JUNE 1885
AGED 24

Born c.1861 at Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Roman Catholic.

1881: Labourer, Chattenden Barracks, Kent

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 24 and was buried on 6 June 1885 (Roman Catholic)


Bryan

John Bryan

NO. 1226
PRIVATE JOHN BRYAN
42ND BRIGADE
DIED
17TH JULY 1881
AGED 22 YEARS

Born c. 1859 in Oxford

At the time of the 1881 census John Bryan (described as a soldier aged 22 and born in Oxford) was a prisoner at HM Prison, Oxford. Three months later he was dead.

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 24 and was buried on 19 July 1881


Devereux

Thomas Devereux

THOMAS DEVEREUX
85 LT INFANTRY
DIED
25 FEB 1879
AGED 30 YEARS

Born c.1848, possibly the Thomas Devereux reg. fourth quarter of 1848 at Wolstanton, Staffordshire

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 30 and was buried on 27 February 1879


William Flynn

William Flynn

NO. 675
CORPORAL WILLIAM FLYNN
42ND BRIGADE
DIED
6TH MARCH 1881
AGED 29 YEARS

Born c. 1851. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 29 and was buried on 10 March 1881


James Freeman

James Freeman

JAMES FREEMAN
OXON MILITIA
DIED
22 JUNE 1879
AGED 25 YEARS

Born c. 1854. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 25 and was buried on 25 June 1879


John Grant

(Henry) John Grant

COLOR SERGT JOHN GRANT
DIED
10TH FEBRUARY 1892
AGED 41 YEARS

Born c. 1851 at Brighton, Sussex (according to 1881 census)

1881 census: Private John Grant (38), described as married, was stationed at Cowley Barracks.

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that a Henry John Grant died at Cowley at the age of 43 and was buried on 13 February 1892


George Green

George Green

GEORGE GREEN
OXON MILITIA.
DIED
2ND APRIL 1877.
AGED 25 YEARS.

Born c. 1851. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 24 and was buried on 4 April 1877


Samuel Hammasley

Private Samuel Hammersley

NO. 1298
PRIVATE SAMUEL HAMMASLEY [sic]
OXFORD LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED
16TH MAY 1883
AGED 40 YEARS

Born c.1842 at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

1881 census: Private Samuel Hammersley (39), unmarried, was stationed at Cowley Barracks

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 42 and was buried on 18 May 1883


Thomas Hodgson

Thomas Hodgson

NO. 980
PRIVATE THOMAS HODGSON
85TH LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED
23RD MAY 1880

Born c. 1839. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 41 and was buried on 25 May 1880


James Jefferson

James Jefferson

NO. 1441
PRIVATE JAMES JEFFERSON
85TH LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED 28TH JUNE 1880

Born c.1848. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 32 and was buried on 30 June 1880


James King

James King

JAMES KING
52ND LT. INFANTRY
DIED
14TH MAY 1878
AGED 39 YEARS

Born c. 1838. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 39 and was buried on 16 May 1878


John McGauley

John McGauley

JOHN MCGAULEY
85TH LT. INFANTRY
DIED
25TH OCT. 1877
AGED 38 YEARS

Born 1840 at Liverpool (reg. third quarter)

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 38 and was buried on 27 October 1877


Mutton

John Henry Mutton

NO. 1504
PRIVATE JOHN HENRY COTTON
OXFORDSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED
25TH JULY 1885
AGED 19 8/12 YEARS

Born in c.1865. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 20 and was buried on 28 July 1885


John Page

John Page

JOHN PAGE
85TH LT. INFANTRY.
DIED
5TH APRIL 1878
AGED 31 YEARS

Born c.1847. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 31 and was buried on 8 April 1878


Robert Paine

Robert C. Paine

NO. 447
SGT ROBERT C. PAINE
DIED
30TH OCTR 1887
AGED 42

Born c.1845 (at Winlaton, Durham according to 1881 census, but birth reg. not found)

1881 census: Corporal Robert Paine (34), described as single, was based at Cowley Barracks

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 41 and was buried on 1 November


James Peacock

James Peacock

JAMES PEACOCK
42ND BRIGADE
DIED
13 FEBY 1877
AGED 17 YEARS

Born c.1860. Birthplace unknown

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 17 and was buried on 15 February 1877


Nicholas Walsh

Nicholas Walsh

NO. 765
LANCE SERGT NICHOLAS WALSH
OXFORDSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED 7TH NOVEMBER 1881
AGED 36 YEARS

Born c.1845 in Ireland

1881 census: Lance Sergeant Nicholas Walsh (36) of the 43rd Light Infantry, described as unmarried, was based at Copthorne Barracks, Shrewsbury

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 37 and was buried on 11 November 1881 (“New Act of Parliament”)


George Wellbeloved

George Wellbeloved

GEORGE WELLBELOVED
85TH LT INFTRY
DIED
15TH MARCH 1880
AGED 32 YEARS

Born c. 1848. Birthplace not known

Not identified in censuses

The burial register of St James's Church in Cowley states that he died at Cowley Barracks at the age of 33 and was buried on 18 March 1880

 

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Last updated: 8 May, 2018

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