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Oxford War Memorials: St Barnabas Church, Oxford

Originally St Barnabas's Church had a War Shrine with framed photographs of parishioners who were killed in the First World War (picture in Oxford Journal Illustrated, 15 January 1916, p. 6).

Chapel plaque

In 1919 the church replaced this shrine with a war memorial chapel with an altar and screen, dedicated to St George. It was described in the Oxford Journal Illustrated of 5 May 1920 as “one of the most beautiful of its kind yet erected in Oxford”, and is shown below. The inscription (right) that relates to the chapel reads:

“AS
A THANKOFFERING FOR THE BLESSINGS
OF FIFTY YEARS AND TO COMMEMORATE
THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WAR
THIS CHAPEL AND ALTER WERE BUILT
AND DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOUR OF ST.GEORGE, A.D.1919

St Barnabas War Memorial Chapel

The plaque below listing the names of the First World War dead of St Barnabas parish was unveiled by the Bishop of Oxford on Sunday 25 April 1920. It is on the wall to the right of the entrance to the war memorial chapel. It depicts in relief the military saint, St George, in armour and holding a tall shield with a red cross. To his right are 61 names, in two columns reading alphabetically left to right:

St Barnabas plaque

REMEMBER / O LORD / THE BRAVE AND THE TRUE

J. AFFORD.

M. V. BLISS.

E.C. BOLTON.

W. BOLTON.

W. BRADLEY.

R. BURDEN

W. DRAPER.

J. W. FISHER.

J. GOODWAY.

J. HARRIS.

J. W. HEMMINGS.

A. E. HEMMINGS.

T. G. JEFFREY.

A. W. KITCHEN.

J. F. R. KITCHEN.

C. LONG.

J. MAYO.

A. W. MITCHELL.

G. MOBLEY.

M. A. MORRIS.

E. NORTH.

A. PICKWORTH.

I. QUAINTON.

B. C. RAWLINS-INNS.*

A. RENNIE.

J. BEST.

H. H. B. BLISS.

H. BOLTON.

J. BOWLES.

F. BURBOROUGH.

B. CLIFFORD.

W. J. DREW.

F. C. FISHER.

A. A. GRANT.

H. HAYWARD.

M. P. HEMMINGS.

A. J. B. HUDSON, M.A.

F. E KEARSEY.

C. H. KITCHEN.

A. E. LAMBERT.

E. LUCKETT.

T. F. MITCHELL.

A. MOBLEY.

F. H. A. MOLYNEUX.

W. NEAL.

G. PAYNE.

E. PILL.

A. W. RAWLINGS.

W. RAWLINS.

H. C. SIMMS.

WILLIAM, 5TH EARL OF ROSSE

H. S. SHEPPARD.

R. J. STOKES.

A. L. SYMMONS.

T. W. WARD.

H. O. S. GIBSON.

A. SIMMONDS.

T. H. STOKES.

W. WALLEN.

E. WESTBURY.

C. J. COKER.

IN PROUD AND THANKFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS
PARISH AND CONGREGATION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
ENGLAND IN THE GREAT WAR 1914–1918.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man / lay down his life for his friends.”

* B. C. Rawlins-Inns is also on the St Paul's war memorial but listed as Bertie C. Rawlins.

Biographies of St Barnabas men on other websites

The Oxford Journal Illustrated, 5 May 1920, p. 9 has photographs of (1) this stone tablet bearing the names of the fallen and (2) the screen and altar of the war memorial chapel.

This stone table at St Barnabas's Church is on the Imperial War Museum website (32042)
and War Memorials online (251071).


St Barnabas's Church in Jericho has on its wall the First World War Memorials for two churches. The other one belonged to the former St Paul's district chapelry, and can be seen here.


© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 14 March, 2017

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