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St Peter-in-the East Church: Reginald ANDREWS (1889–1917)

Reginald ANDREWS was born in Oxford in 1889 the son of Daniel Andrews (born in Oxford near the beginning of 1847) and Maria Alder (born in Oxford in 1847, reg. third quarter). His father was a college servant of Ship Street and his mother lived in Castle Street when they were married at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 17 August 1869.

They had ten children:

  • Charles Andrews (born at the lodge of The Queen's College in 1870 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 20 July; died aged nine weeks and buried on 3 December, probably in Holywell Cemetery)
  • Ada Jane Andrews (born at the lodge of The Queen's College in 1871 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 3 December)
  • Annie Andrews (born at the lodge of The Queen's College in 1873/4 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 4 February)
  • William Andrews (born at James Street in East Oxford in 1876 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 28 June; died aged ten weeks and buried on 23 August, probably in Holywell Cemetery)
  • Henry Andrews (born at James Street in 1877 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 30 September)
  • Frederick Ernest Andrews (born in Oxford in late 1879 but not baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church until 13 March 1887)
  • Albert William Andrews (born in Oxford in late 1883 but not baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church until 13 March 1887)
  • Percy Charles Andrews (born in Oxford on 9 January 1887 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 13 March)
  • Reginald Andrews (born at 9 Longwall Street, Oxford on 29 June 1889 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 13 October)
  • Walter Stanley Andrews (born in Oxford in 1891, reg. third quarter).

Reginald's parents began their married life living in the lodge of The Queen's College, where his father was the porter. By mid-1876 they had moved to James Street in east Oxford, and they were still there in 1877.

9 Longwall Street

By 1879 they had moved back into Oxford, probably to 9 Longwall Street (right), where they were living when Reginald was born in 1889.

At the time of the 1891 census Reginald (2) was here at 9 Longwall Street with his father Daniel (44), who was a college porter, his mother Maria (44), his sister Ada (19), who was a dressmaker, and his four older brothers Henry (13) Frederick (11), Albert (7), and Percy (4).

This house, which belonged to the City of Oxford, was in a very bad state of repair and was threatened with demolition in 1895.

By 1899 Reginald's family had moved to 8 Glebe Street, St Clement's (which was in Cowley St John parish). The 1901 census shows Reginald (10) living there with his parents and four of his siblings: Henry (23), Albert (17), Percy (13), and Walter (8). His father was still a college porter, and his brother Henry was a bedmaker

By 1911 Reginald (20) and his brother Walter (19) were cabinet makers, living with their parents at 8 Glebe Street. His rather was still working as a college gate porter.

 

Poppy In the First World War Reginald Andrews served as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 200421). He was killed in action in Belgium on 16 August 1917 at the age of 27 and has no known grave.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 96 to 98) and on the St Peter-in-the-East Church war memorial, which is now on the wall of Balliol College Archives (the former St Cross Church).


After the war

Reginald's parents

His mother Maria Andrews died at 8 Glebe Street at the age of 82 and was buried on 5 January 1929, and his father Daniel Andrews died there the following year at the age of 83 and was buried on 29 April 1930. As their burials are recorded in the St Peter-in-the-East parish register, they were probably buried in Holywell Cemetery. His sister Ada Jane Andrews died at the Radcliffe Infirmary at the age of 80 and was buried on 12 February 1952, probably with her parents.


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