Poppy Analysis of the identified St Margaret’s war dead Poppy

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How old were they when they died?
  • 9 were still teenagers (two were 18 and seven were 19)
  • 23 were in their twenties
  • 11 were in their thirties
  • 2 were forty.

Where did they die?
  • 29 died in France
  • 4 died in Belgium
  • 2 died in Iraq (Mesopotamia)
  • 2 died in England
  • 2 died in the Persian Gulf
  • 2 died in Turkey (one at sea and one on land)
  • 1 died in Egypt
  • 2 died in Israel (Palestine)

The country of death of the two shot down in their aeroplanes on the Western Front (Ronald Bright and Cyril Hosking) is not specified.

Where did they (or their next of kin) live in St Margaret’s parish
  • 11 lived in Hayfield Road
  • 10 lived on the Woodstock Road
  • 9 lived in Kingston Road (of whom 7 lived in the group of 17 houses at the north-west end)
  • 6 lived in Chalfont Road
  • 3 lived in Southmoor Road
  • 2 lived in Rawlinson Road
  • 2 lived in Farndon Road
  • 2 lived in Frenchay Road
  • 2 lived in Plantation Road
  • 1 each lived in Banbury Road, Lathbury Road, and Staverton Road.

Map of their homes
Map by the children of SS Philip & James School showing where the war dead lived

Which service were they in?
  • 40 were in the British Army
  • 2 were in the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
  • 1 was in the Canadian Army
  • 1 was in the Indian Army
  • 1 was in the Australian Army.

Which British Army regiment?
  • 14 were in the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
  • 3 were in the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment
  • 3 were in the Royal Fusiliers
  • 1 was in each of the following: 14th Murray’s Jat Lancers; Cheshire Regiment; Devonshire Regiment; Gloucestershire Regiment; Hampshire Regiment; King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment; Leicestershire Regiment; Light Trench Mortar Battery; London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles); London Regiment (London Irish Rifles); Northamptonshire Regiment; Northamptonshire Regiment; Reserve of Officers; Royal Army Chaplains’ Department; Royal Berkshire Regiment; Royal Engineers; Royal Flying Corps Regiment; Royal Garrison Artillery; Royal Warwickshire Regiment; The Buffs (East Kent) Regiment; The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; Worcestershire Regiment; York & Lancashire Regiment

Which rank were the 35 who served in the British Army?
  • 15 Privates
  • 10 Second Lieutenants
  • 5 Captains
  • 4 Lance-Corporals
  • 5 Lieutenants
  • 2 Serjeants
  • 1 Chaplain
  • 1 Corporal
  • 1 Sapper

Where were they born?
  • 21 were born in the (then much smaller) City of Oxford
  • 8 were born elsewhere in Oxfordshire (one in Cumnor, one in Headington Quarry, one in Old Headington, one in South Leigh, one in Summertown, and four in Wolvercote)
  • 13 were born in the rest of England (two in Berkshire, one in Buckinghamshire, two in Devon, one in Essex, one in Kent, three in London, one in Middlesex, and one in Surrey)
  • 1 was born in Scotland (Aberdeen) and 1 in Wales (Carmarthenshire)
  • 3 were born abroad (two in India and one in South Africa)

Marriage and children

Only seven of those who died were married men. Of these:

Which 15 men had been accepted as undergraduates at Oxford?

* Died before gaining their degree.

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