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Oxford War Memorials: Wolvercote airmen

Front of memorial

This memorial remembers the 17 airmen who died while training on Port Meadow flying aerodrome in the First World War. It is situated in the former bathing area near the carpark, and was unveiled on 23 May 2018 by Tim Stevenson, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire.

The plaque on the front of the memorial (above) shows the emblems of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force, and the text below reads:

In grateful memory of those / who served in or with the / Royal Flying Corps and later / the Royal Air Force, and who / died in flying accidents in / 1917 and 1918 while stationed / at or visiting the flying training / aerodrome south of this point / on Port Meadow / ERECTED IN MAY 2018

The plaque on the memorial is shown below. This image is followed by a transcription, with links for each airman to (1) his page on the Commonwealth War Grave's Commission website (CWGC) and (2) a PDF biography by Peter Smith

Names of airmen

Per Ardua Ad Astra

Lt. E.D. WALLACE (CWGC page) → Biography
27 MARCH 1917 aged 28

 

Capt. G.E. THOMSON DSO, MC (CWGC page) Biography
23 MAY 1918 AGED 20

Lt. G.C.N. COOKE (CWGC page) → Biography
28 JULY 1917 AGED 29

Capt. E.E. FRONEMAN MC (CWGC page) Biography
21 JULY 1918 AGED 25

F/Sgt. A.G.B. RODGMAN (CWGC page) Biography
20 AUGUST 1917 AGED 21

Lt. W.F. BEACHCROFT MC (CWGC page) Biography
21 JULY 1918 AGED 27

2nd Lt. J.R. NICKSON (CWGC page) Biography
2 JANUARY 1918 AGED 26

2nd Lt. C.J. BUCKLAND (CWGC page) Biography
19 AUGUST 1918 AGED 23

Lt. W.S. ELY (CWGC page) Biography
2 JANUARY 1918 AGED 22

Lt. E.H. WESTMORELAND (CWGC page) Biography
20 AUGUST 1918 AGED 23

2nd Lt. A.B. ANSTEY (CWGC page) Biography
22 FEBRUARY 1918 AGED 19

2nd Lt. J. PACKER (CWGC page) Biography
20 AUGUST 1918 AGED 21

2nd Lt. S.L. STERN (CWGC page) Biography
22 FEBRUARY 1918 AGED 22

Capt. L.S. ARBUTHNOT (CWGC page) Biography
1 NOVEMBER 1918 AGED 22

Capt. E.F. NORRIS (CWGC page) Biography
15 MARCH 1918 AGED 22

2nd Lt. A.V. SCHOLES MM (CWGC page) Biography
1 NOVEMBER 1918 AGED 21

2AM. R.R. HUMPHREYS (CWGC page) Biography
15 MARCH 1918 AGED 20

 

BBC Oxford: “WW1 memorial: Port Meadow stone marks men killed near airfield

Oxford Mail, 24 May 2018: “Memory of 17 airmen 'lost in the mists of time' to live on in Port Meadow

Short film of the ceremony by Tony Hadland

BiplaneBristol Scout C biplane (RNAS No. 1264) at the ceremony

Unveiling# The Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire unveils the memorial


The plaque on the nearby Airmen's Bridge (which is not a war memorial and has no connection to the men remembered here) refers to two officers of the Royal Flying Corps who in 1912 crashed in their monoplane to the north of that bridge, which was renamed in their honour.

This memorial is not yet on the Database of the Imperial War Museums
but is here on War Memorials Online (WMO258715)

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Last updated: 22 June, 2018

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