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Oxford War Memorials: Boys’ High School, George Street

OBHS memorial This memorial on the Database of the Imperial War Museums: Oxford High School WW1

This plaque with the names of 80 former pupils who died in the First World War was erected in 1920 by old boys of the Oxford Boys' High School in George Street. The Oxford Times of 9 July 1920 (p. 11) gives a full report of the unveiling, which took place in the presence of the Mayor and members of the Corporation, school staff, and parents of the fallen. It states that “the memorial takes the form of a cast bronze tablet, the work of the Bromsgrove Guild, and erected by Messrs. Fletcher, Cranham-street.” There are also photographs of this plaque in the Oxford Journal Illustrated of 14 July 1920 (p. 12) and of 27 December 1922 (p. 4).

Below is a list of the 80 names on the school memorial. Some of the men have biographies on websites about the war memorials of colleges and churches in Oxford, and links to these are provided.

A number of the boys have been spotted on other war memorials in Oxford and beyond:

Thirteen churches in Oxford:

St Aloysius Roman Catholic Church St Cross ChurchSt Ebbe's Church St Giles's Church
St Margaret's ChurchSt Matthew's Church  • St Paul's ChurchSt Peter-in-the-East Church

St Peter-le-Bailey Church  • Ss Philip & James Church • Ss Mary & John (Cowley St John) Church
Walton Street Methodist Chapel
Wesley Memorial Church

Seven other schools:

Abingdon School Barnard Castle SchoolDragon School Central Boys' Elementary School, Oxford
Magdalen College School South Shields High School for Boys Tonbridge School Dublin High School

Seven Oxford colleges/halls:

Corpus Christi CollegeJesus CollegePembroke College St Catherine's Society (for unattached students) St Edmund Hall St John's College Wadham College

Seven other memorials outside the city:

Abingdon Bloxham British Librarians memorial in the British Library Canadian Virtual Memorial 
Deddington War Memorial Eynsham War Memorial Trinity Methodist Church, Southsea

 

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED TO PERPETUATE THE
MEMORY OF THE BOYS OF THIS SCHOOL WHO FELL
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914–1918

[Abbreviations: CWGC = Commonwealth War Graves Commission: WM = War Memorial;
City Honour Roll = The book of remembrance in the City Church of St Michael-at-the-Northgate]

Column 1

Reginald A. ABRAMS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Catherine's Society WM and the
   British Librarians WM in the British Library and
   Walton Street Methodist Chapel WM: BIOGRAPHY

Henry D. ADDIS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on the Canadian Virtual WM

Herbert BAKER / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Godfrey A. BALLARD / CWGC
   Also listed on Wesley Memorial Church WM and
   Corpus Christi College WM: BIOGRAPHY

Arthur H. BARTLETT / CWGC / City Honour Roll
  Also listed on Central Boys' School WM

Cyril S. BENSON / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Ebbe's Church WM and
   Central Boys' School WM and
   Pembroke College WM: BIOGRAPHY

Vernon L. BRAZIER / CWGC / City Honour Roll
     Also listed on St Peter-le-Bailey Church WM

Ronald E. BRIGHT / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Margaret's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Gerald W. BROOKE / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   St Sepulchre's Cemetery: BIOGRAPHY

Thomas B. BROWN / CWGC

Ronald P. BULL / CWGC
   Also listed on Deddington WM +  individual plaque

Charlie BUTLER / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Peter-in-the-East WM

Frank BUTLER / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Ss Mary & John Church WM

Arthur D. CAVE / CWGC:
    Also on Brighton College WM

William F. CHANDLER / No CWGC/ City Honour Roll
    Also listed on Central Boys' School WM and
    Walton Street Methodist Chapel WM:
    BIOGRAPHY

Herbert CHIVERS / CWGC /  
    Also listed on Abingdon WMl

Wreford CHIVERS / CWGC
   Also listed on Abingdon WM

William T. CLARE CWGC

Harold F. CLARKE / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Catherine's Society WM

Wilfrid J. CLARKE / No CWGC / City  Honour Roll
    Also listed on Wadham College WM

Column Two

Henry P. CLINCH / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Wilfrid G. COGGINS / CWGC

Bernard COOK / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Vernon J. COOPER / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Wilfrid A. DAVIS / CWGC
   Also listed on Jesus College WM: BIOGRAPHY

Raymond DREW / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Dragon School WM: BIOGRAPHY and
   St Margaret's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY and
   Pembroke College WM: BIOGRAPHY

Lionel  G. EDENS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Margaret's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

George FINNEY / CWGC /
   Also listed on Dublin High School WM: BIOGRAPHY

John H. GARE / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Wesley Memorial Church WM and
   St Edmund Hall WM

Herbert J. GEE / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Margaret's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Reginald GIBBARD / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Eynsham WM

Arthur E. GILES / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Ebbe's Church WM

Edward V. GILES / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Cross Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Wilfrid C. GOLBY / CWGC /
   Also listed on Bloxham WM: BIOGRAPHY

Sydney J. GRIFFIN / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Central Boys' School WM and
   Jesus College WM and
   St Paul's Church WM and
   Walton Street Methodist Chapel WM: BIOGRAPHY 

William H. GRIMSLEY / CWGC

Sidney E. GRUBB / CWGC / City Honour Roll

William H. HALL / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Reginald S. HERBERT / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Ss Mary & John Church WM
   and Jesus College WM: BIOGRAPHY

William D. HOLIDAY / CWGC     
   Also listed on Central Boys' School WM

Column Three

Frederick F. HUNT / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St John's College WM
   and St Cross Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Ralph HUTCHINS / CWGC / City Honour Roll)

Victor A.V.Z. JESSEL / CWGC / City Honour Roll)
   Also listed on Magdalen College School WM**
   and St Giles's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Robin JONES / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Douglas B. KENT / CWGC

Charles LAKIN / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Catherine's Society WM

Frank H. LAWRENCE* / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Jesus College WM: BIOGRAPHY

William G. LAWRENCE* / CWGC / City Honour Roll
    Also listed on St John's College WM

Gerald M. LE THICKE / CWGC
   Listed on the Canadian Virtual WM

Albert J. LUCAS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Frideswide Church WM: BIOGRAPHY
   and St Matthew's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Norman MARTIN / No CWGC

Edmund A. MAY / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Aloysius RC Church WM

George E. MOCKRIDGE / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Wadham College WM

Joseph H.C. MORRIS / CWGC
   Also listed on St Catherine's Society WM

Cecil R. NORWOOD / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Jesus College WM: BIOGRAPHY

Frederick R. PARKER / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Ss Philip & James Church WM

Wilfrid H. PEARSON / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Wesley Memorial Church WM
   and Magdalen College School WM**
   Has plaque in St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church

William G.E. PHILLIPS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Barnard Castle School: individual WM chapel window

Percy L.S. PHIPPS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Catherine's Society WM and
   St Margaret's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

William H. POTTER  / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Column Four

Arthur R. RICHARDS / CWGC

Thomas P. SARGENT / CWGC

John A. R. SHILLETO / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on the Canadian Virtual WM

Frederick T. SKINNER / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Giles's Church WM with BIOGRAPHY
   and  Central Boys' School WM and
   Oriel College WM and
   Trinity Methodist Church, Southsea WM
   Wesley Memorial Church WM

Charles F. B. SMITH / CWGC
    Also listed on Abingdon School WM:  BIOGRAPHY

Francis J. SMITH / CWGC

Basil G. TAUNTON / CWGC
   Also listed on Tonbridge School WM:  BIOGRAPHY

Thomas THOMAS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Ss Philip & James's Church WM and
   Magdalen College School WM**

Alfred H. TRUMAN / CWGC
    Also listed on St John's College WM

Sidney TWINING / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Son of the grocer Francis Twining

Harry TYRRELL / CWGC / City Honour Roll
    Also listed on Central Boys' School WM#tyrrell

Vernon W. VENABLES / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Matthew's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

Basil B. VINCENT / CWGC / City Honour Roll /
   Also listed on Eynsham WM

Francis G. WALKLETT / No CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on Central Boys' School WM

Ernest WALLING (Master) / ?CWGC
   Also on Magdalen College WM
    and on the Craven in Great War site

Reginald C. WATTS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on on Wadham College WM

Stewart A. WHITE / CWGC
   Also listed on Central Boys' School WM and
  South Shields High School for Boys WM

   and University College WM: BIOGRAPHY

Ernest E. WICKS / CWGC / City Honour Roll
    Also listed on Ss Mary & John Church WM

Francis T. WOODCOCK / CWGC / City Honour Roll

Arthur J. WOOLDRIDGE / CWGC / City Honour Roll
   Also listed on St Catherine's Society WM and
   
St Margaret's Church WM: BIOGRAPHY

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

* Brothers of Lawrence of Arabia

** Full biographies of the three boys who also attended Magdalen College School can be found in David Bebbington, Mister Brownrigg's Boys: Magdalen College and the Great War (Pen & Sword Military, 2014), namely: Victor A. V. Z. Jessel (pp. 331–344, under Zacharias Jessel), Wilfrid H. Pearson (pp. 256–265), and Thomas Thomas (pp. 300–303).


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