First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

William Ambrose DIPPER (1898–1917)

William Ambrose Dipper was born in New High Street, Headington in 1898, the son of William Dipper senior (born in Standlake in 1865 and baptised there on 9 July) and Emma Hollier (born in Sydenham, Oxfordshire in 1864 but not baptised there until 26 May 1867).

His father, who was a carpenter, was living at 27 Plantation Road, Oxford and his mother was living at 7 Clarendon Villas when they were married at Ss Philip & James's Church on 20 May 1893. They had just two children:

  • Elsie Dipper (born at 23 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 24 March 1894 and baptised at SS Cowley & John Church on 26 April)
  • William Ambrose Dipper (born in New High Street, Headington on 16 January 1898 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 3 April).

William’s parents lived at 23 Magdalen Road in east Oxford from 1893 to 1897, but by time of William’s birth at the beginning of 1898 they had moved up to Headington and were living in New High Street.

By the time of the 1901 census William (3) was living in Latimer Road with his father William (35), his mother Emma (36), and his sister Elsie (7), and a 17-year-old apprentice joiner was lodging with them.

In 1911 William (13) was still at school (almost certainly Headington National School) and living in Latimer Road with his father William (45), who now described himself as a builder's joiner, his mother Emma (46), and his sister Elsie (17), who was a dressmaker. Another builder's joiner was lodging with them.

In 1914 the Dipper family moved to 16 Stapleton Road (the house then named “Glyn-Neath”), which was in the new parish of Highfield.

Poppy In the First World War William Dipper served at first in the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars (Service No. 3455), and was then a Private in the 14th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Service No. 34971). He was killed in action in Belgium aged 19 on 26 October 1917.

William Dipper on Tyne Cot Memorial

His grave is unknown, but he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 23 to 28 and 163A). The photograph of his name on that memorial (left) was kindly supplied by British War Graves

William Dipper is also remembered on the roll of honour of All Saints’ Church.

On 29 October 1920 the following remembrance notice appeared in the Oxford Times:

DIPPER — In ever-loving memory of our dear and only son, William Ambrose, missing Oct 26, 1917, aged 19 years.
On the Resurrection morning, soul and body meet again
No more sorrow, no more weeping, no more pain.

William Dipper senior
Above: grave of William Dipper’s father in Headington Cemetery


All Saints' board

William’s parents
  • William Dipper senior died on 27 May 1946 and was buried at Headington Cemetery.
  • Mrs Emma Dipper only remained at 16 Stapleton Road for a few years after her husband’s death. She made no mention of her only son on her husband’s grave (above). She appears to have died at Worthing at the age of 98 near the beginning of 1963.
William’s sister
  • Elsie Dipper (born 1894) married Corporal George Montague Wyatt of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 7 August 1916 at All Saints’ Church. Their daughter Una Violet Elsie Wyatt (born in 1920 and baptised at All Saints's Church on 23 August) was married to Stanley R. Holt in the Oxford district in the second quarter of 1943.


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