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Oxford War Memorials: St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church

The First and Second World War dead of St Michael-at-the-Northgate parish are remembered on two framed rolls of honour in St Michael's Church. Most of the material on this page has been kindly contributed by Barry Burnham.

Biographies of the First World War dead of St Michael's parish by Barry Burnham (PDF)

ROLL OF HONOUR
1914–1918 WAR

First World War St Michael

Joseph Bell.
CWGC / Not on City Honour list

William Cross.
CWGC / City Honour list

Valentine James Forty.
CWGC / City Honour list

Wilfrid Hearne Pearson.*
CWGC / City Honour list

Reginald Anthony Thomas.
CWGC / City Honour list

Walter Webb.
CWGC / Not on City Honour list

John Charles Beauchamp.
   (Died of wounds 25.9.16.)

CWGC / Not on City Honour list

Albert Lewis Amos.
   (Died of wounds 30.1.21)

Not listed by CWGC
nor on City Honour list

“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”

* Wilfrid Hearne Pearson also has an individual plaque in St Michael's Church: see below. He is also listed on the war memorials of Oxford Boys' High School, Magdalen College School, and the Wesley Memorial Church.


First World War Memorial window in St Michael's Church

Memorial window

St George.    St. Andrew    St. Patrick    St. David

Thanks be to God who      giveth us the victory

To the glory of God and in memory of the members of this Church and Parish
who served, suffered and gave their lives in the Great War 1914–1918

This memorial window was unveiled by the Rt. Rev. Bishop E. D. Shaw, Archdeacon of Oxford, at the 3 p.m. evensong service on 29 September 1921. It cost in the region of £190, which was raised by a public subscription and private donations.

Shortly after the unveiling the parish magazine listed details of the six men commemorated by this memorial window:

  • Joseph Bell, Private, 3/4th Queens' Royal West Surrey's, Missing, October 4th 1917 near Ypres
  • William Cross, Private, R.A.M.C (T.F) Orderly on Hospital Ship. Died of Sickness in Liverpool Hospital, March 22nd, 1916
  • Valentine James Forty, 2nd Gloucester Regt. Died of wounds on Nov. 4th 1916, at Lahana, Salonika.
  • Wilfred Hearne Pearson, Second Lieutenant, M.G.C. Fell in battle of Cambrai, Sept 29, 1918.
  • Reginald Anthony Thomas, 1/22 County of London Regt. Died of wounds in France after the battle of the Somme, November 23rd, 1916
  • Walter Webb, Gunner, R.G.A. Died of Pneumonia in Prees Heath Camp nr. Oswestry, November 27th, 1918.

Mr. Webb and Mr. Cross were members of S. Michael's Choir. Mr. Forty was for three years bell-ringer at S. Michael's.


Pearson Memorial

Pearson memorial

William Henry Pearson who is listed on the Roll of Honour above also has an individual plaque in St Michael's Church (right). It reads:

ANTE DIEM PERIIT, SED PRO PATRIA.

TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
WILFRID HEARNE PEARSON.
2ND LIEUT. M.G.C..
MUCH LOVED SON OF ARTHUR
PEARSON M.A. AND EUNICE MARY
HIS WIFE. HE FELL IN THE GREAT
BATTLE OF CAMBRAI, SEPT 29TH 1918,
AGED 30 YEARS. HE WAS A GOOD SON,
A GOOD HUSBAND, A GOOD FATHER;
A VIRTUOUS, KINDLY, GENIAL, MANLY
CITIZEN WHO WENT FORTH AT THE
CALL OF DUTY.

“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS.”

 

 

 

ROLL OF HONOUR
1939–1945 WAR

Luke Halford Harber.
   (Killed, 28.5.40)

CWGC / City Honour list

World War II St Michael

Thomas Vincent Holbrow.
   (Drowned, Dec. 1940)

CWGC / City Honour list

Wallace H. Cole.
   (Missing, believed
    killed, 28.8.41)

CWGC / City Honour list

Walter Bennet Brown.
   (Accidentally killed,
   6.5.42)

CWGC / City Honour list

Paul Lewis.
   (Sergeant Pilot, R.A.F.)

CWGC / City Honour list

John Tubb.
   (Killed in Italy, 16.7.43)

CWGC / City Honour list

Harry Frederick Bannister.
   (Killed in Burma)

CWGC / City Honour list

Rex Gilder.
CWGC / City Honour list

Sidney John Heath Smith.*
CWGC

Cyril Hudson.
CWGC / City Honour list*

Michael Bullock.*
CWGC / City Honour list

Ivan Harry Hazard.
CWGC

 

 

“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”

* Those men marked with an asterisk are also on other Second World War memorials in the Oxford area, namely:


The two framed rolls of honour are not on the Database of the Imperial War Museums
nor on War Memorials online

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Last updated: 29 July, 2018

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