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Oxford War Memorials: Oxford University Press, Walton Street

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This memorial stands in the main quadrangle of Oxford University Press, which is situated on the corner of Walton Street and Great Clarendon Street.

It lists the 45 workers at the Press who were killed in the First World War. The memorial originally stood just inside the Great Gate of Oxford University Press (see postcard, left), facing eastwards towards its former main entrance in Walton Street.

By mid-1919 a decision had been made to commemorate the Oxford University Press war dead, and on 21st July 1919 the Dean of Christ Church conducted a memorial service in the Press Quadrangle.

Then in October 1919 the Food Production & Floral Show Committee of the Press resolved itself into a War Memorial Committee, and the unspent balance of £23 from the Christmas Comforts Fund became the nucleus of the War Memorial Fund; collections made in various the departments realized over £58; and a further £57 came in from the second Food Production & Floral Show.

Eventually the required sum of £176 was completed by a share of the proceeds of the Third Show.

 

The war memorial was unveiled by Admiral Sir Reginald Hall on Tuesday 5 October 1920, in the presence of many relatives and friends of the men commemorated, and the Revd W. E. Sherwood offered dedicatory prayers. The ceremony concluded with the singing of “Fight the good fight” and the sounding of the “Last Post”.

In November 1955 the war memorial was moved out of the way of the entrance to Oxford University Press from Walton Street. In November 2008 it was moved again, this time to its present more prominent position (below) at the other side of the quadrangle, and was rededicated by the Vicar of St Barnabas's Church, Jericho.

OUP war memorial in context

The front of the memorial has a general inscription, and the back is blank. The names of the dead are listed on the left and right sides, as shown below. The names of the dead of the Second World War were added at the end of the right-hand side.

For a very brief biography of all 356 men from the Press who served, including those who died, see War Record of the University Press, Oxford (OUP, 1923). Where the men have online biographies elsewhere, links are provided.

OUP war memorial

 

 

Front side of memorial,
now facing west

[University of Oxford crest
with DOMINUS ILLUMINATIO MEA]

TO THE MEMORY
OF THE MEN FROM
THE OXFORD
UNIVERSITY PRESS
WHO DIED FOR
THEIR COUNTRY IN
THE GREAT WAR.
1914–1918

 

The memorial is made of Portland Stone.

 


Names on left side

Left side of memorial,
now facing north

CHARLES M. BARFOOT
JOHN T. BEST
JAMES BLAKE
ARCHIBALD E. BOWEN
WILLIAM A. R. BROCKS
ARTHUR BURDEN
FRANK W. CHAPMAN
HORACE S. CHAPMAN
WILLIAM C. CLACK
WILLIAM F. COOPER
WILLIAM H. DRAPER
PERCY J. EDGIN[G]TON
FREDERICK C. FISHER
GEORGE H. K. FULLER
CLAUDE GEORGE
GEOFFREY W. GREEN
FREDERICK J. GULLIVER
ARTHUR HILES
HARRY G. HILL
WILLIAM J. HOWKINS
ERNEST L. JAGO
DAVID JONES
RICHARD G. JONES
PERCY C. E. KENCH
FREDERICK J. KERRY
RICHARD J. KIMBER
AUBREY W. KITCHEN
CHARLES J. KITCHEN
PERCIVAL G. LINES
ALBERT C. MARGETTS
HERBERT MILLER
ERNEST F. PANTING
HENRY E. PARTRIDGE
OWEN O. PRICE


Names facing south

Right side of the memorial,
now facing south

ALBERT W. RAWLINGS
ERNEST SCHOFIELD
RICHARD T. SHRIMPTON
ALBERT SIMMONDS
JOSEPH SIMMS
THOMAS J. SURMAN
HENRY W. WAKELIN
WILLIAM H G. WALLEN
BERNARD H. WHITE
ALFRED E. WINSTONE
DOUGLAS G. H. WOODWARD

1939–45

ALFRED A. ADAMS
CYRIL G. ADNAMS
ERNEST BROGDEN
STANLEY BROWN
PATRICK W. BUSHNELL
KENNETH F. CARTER
CECIL H. J. COX
ALBERT G. DAVIS
JOHN C. ENGLISH
NORMAN T. FOSTER
STUART J. B. GUTHRIE
MERFYN HUGHES
JOHN A. E. MULGAN
HERBERT K. NEALE
RONALD W. PARSLOW
FREDERICK G. STONE
HARRY STONE
GEOFFREY E. TIPTON
EDWARD WELLER
LIONEL J. WINSTONE
ERNEST E. WOODRUFF


Oxford University Press War Memorial on the Database of the Imperial War Museums

and on War Memorials Online

This war memorial was awarded Grade II listed status on 1 June 2017: List entry Number 1447151

Oxford Journal Illustrated, 13 October 1920, p. 6: Photographs of Admiral Sir Reginald Hall
paying tribute to the war work of the Press, and unveiling the memorial

For more information about the war memorial, see
War Record of the University Press, Oxford
(Oxford University Press, 1923), pp. 5–8
(reprinted in paperback by the Naval & Military Press in 2002)
and
The Clarendonian: The Quarterly magazine of the employees of the CLARENDON PRESS, OXFORD
Issued by the Council of the Clarendon Press Institute and conducted by the Institute Library Committee
Bound Vols. I (1919–1920) and II (1921–1923)

A photograph of a large crowd of people gathered around the War Memorial at the Oxford University Press
during a wreath-laying ceremony in November 1955 can be seen at the Oxfordshire History Centre (ref. D253352a)

Oxford University Press during WW1

A Publisher in Wartime (You-Tube)


© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 2 June, 2017

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