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Oxford War Memorials: Oxford City Police

This marble tablet with gold lettering was originally on the wall of the Oxford City Police Station at 5 Blue Boar Street.
It is now on the wall of St Michael-at-the-Northgate, the Oxford City Church

Oxford City Police War Memorial on the Database of the Imperial War Museums
and on War Memorials Online

Police war memorial

[City coat of arms]

OF THE TOTAL STRENGTH OF
79 MEMBERS OF THE
OXFORD CITY POLICE FORCE
41 JOINED HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES
FOR SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918.
THE UNDERMENTIONED MEN MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE.

EDWARD COLLETT.
GEORGE JUDD.
CHARLEY MARTIN
ALBERT TAYLOR.

LEST WE FORGET

A separate memorial in the church (below) remembers the four police officers who fell in the Second World War (IWM):

Police: World War II

 

IN HONOURED MEMORY / OF
HERBERT HACKSLEY
HAROLD HEATH
ILTID THOMAS
FREDERICK THOMPSON

OFFICERS OF THE OXFORD CITY POLICE
WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939–1945


On the first floor of St Aldate's Police Station in Oxford there is also this wooden frame flanked by scrolls and containing photographs of each of the deceased, with the WW1 men in police uniform and the WW2 men in military uniform (IWM)

Police station, St Aldate's

It first lists those who died in the First World War, with their photographs under their names:

E. COLLETT / W. JUDD / C. MARTIN / A. TAYLOR

It then commemorates those policeman who died in the Second Word War, with their names beneath their photographs:

ALSO IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
ILTID THOMAS / HERBERT HACKSLEY / HAROLD HEATH / FREDERICK THOMPSON
WHO FELL IN THE WORD WAR 1939–1945


Brief biographies of the four police officers who were killed in the First World War

The service numbers of the last three men on this memorial are all very close, as they enlisted together as volunteers on the same day in May 1915.

Edward John COLLETT

Serjeant in “C” Company, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 12748)
Died in France on 1 May 1917, aged 31.

Son of James and Sarah Collett, of Appleford, Berkshire and husband of Rose Elizabeth Collett, of Bedford Road, Wilshamstead (now spelt Wilstead), Bedfordshire.

Buried at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France (ref. IX.F.11).
Paid inscription on headstone: THE DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF ROSE ELIZABETH COLLETT

Also listed on the Wilstead, Bedfordshire war memorial

CWGC / City Honour Roll

George Gibbard JUDD

Corporal in 129th Howitzer Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 291929). Military Medal
Died in France on 8 May 1918, aged 29.

Husband of Mrs. E. F. Judd, of 83 East Avenue, Oxford.

Buried at Couin New British Cemetery, France (ref. D43)

CWGC / City Honour Roll (wrongly listed as Serjeant)
Photographs of Judd (who was born in Brackley, but is not on their war memorial)

Charles MARTIN

Corporal in the 132nd (Oxford) Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 291924)
Died in France on 15 May 1917, aged 37

Husband of Mrs D. E. Martin, of 54 Norreys Avenue, Oxford.

Buried at Athies Communal Cemetery Extension, France (ref. K.14).
Paid inscription on headstone: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

Also on St John the Evangelist Church war memorial in Lake Street, Oxford

CWGC / City Honour Roll

Albert George TAYLOR

Serjeant in the 132nd (Oxford) Heavy Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 291926)
Died in France on 1 October 1917, aged 28

Son of Joseph and Martha Maria Taylor; husband of Hilda Jane Taylor, of South View, Standlake, near Witney.

Buried at The Huts Cemetery, Belgium (ref. VII.B.4).
Paid inscription on headstone: I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE

Also listed on St Matthew's Church war memorial (biography, linked to a fuller PDF version by Barry Burnham)

CWGC / City Honour Roll



Brief biographies of the above four men, with a photograph of Albert Taylor in his police uniform,
were published in the Armistice Commemorative edition of the Oxford Mail of 9 November 1918, p. 49


© Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 9 January, 2019

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