All Saints’ parish, Highfield
Please follow the pointer above if you would like to see a biography of all the men on the memorial
The ecclesiastical parish of Highfield had a total population of 1,636 at the time of the 1911 census, and it lost 54 young men and one woman in the First World War. The names below are listed on a board inside the church.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN EVER GRATEFUL
|(Thomas) Harold Allen1||Henry Goodgame||William Neville|
|Harry Allen||Harold Grain||Stanley Norgrove|
|George Atkinson||James Griffin||Ralph Nutt|
|Frank Bateman2||Frank Hathaway1||Albert Oliver|
|William Bateman2||William Higgins||Charles Reeves|
|John Bellamy, Lieut.||Edwin Hudson||Joseph Rushton|
|Richard Bridgewater||William Irving||Ernest Schofield|
|Frederick Brooks||Ernest Jacob||Herbert Smith|
|Edwin Bryant||(Francis John) “Jack” Jacobs||Leonard Smith|
|(Herbert) Alfred Cull1||Raymond Jacobs||Frank Taylor|
|Hugh Davenport, Capt.3||William Jacobs||Harold Taylor1|
|Leonard Davenport, Lieut.3||Frank Jeffreys1||George Vyles|
|Harold Dennis1||Thomas Keen||(Albert) William Webb, Lieut.1|
|William Dipper||Frederick King||Arthur Westell|
|(Frederick) James Durham4||Reginald Miles||Herbert White6|
|Frank Gardner5||Frederick Morris||William White6|
|Jack Gardner5||Donald Murray||Arthur Williams|
|Harry Godfrey||Albert Neville||John Durham4|
Henry Walter Edward Stone
Henry Stone (later known as Harry Morris) was born at the Royal Standard, where his father and later his mother was landlord, but was omitted from the All Saints’ War Memorial because he and his mother had moved away from Oxford. Here is a PDF of a synopsis of his biography prepared from researches by Andrew Stone, great-great-grandson of Edwin and Ellen Stone.
Marguerite Woodcock is not listed on the All Saints board, even though she lived in All Saints’ parish and her family had connections with its church. She died while serving in the Women’s Royal Air Force and has an official First World war grave and a listing on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site. She is probably the only Headington woman to die as a result of the First World War, so here is her biography
Other people who lived in the parish but are missing may have been nonconformists
- St Andrew’s Church also claims Thomas Harold Allen, Alfred Cull, Harold Dennis, Frank Jeffries, Frank Hathaway, Alfred Taylor and William Webb as its own.
- Frank Bateman and William Bateman were brothers.
- Hugh Davenport and Leonard Davenport were brothers, and lived in Davenport House.
- James Durham and John Durham were brothers.
- Frank Gardner and Jack Gardner were probably brothers.
- Herbert White and William White were brothers.
The above names are in the order in which they appear on the wooden board (below), which is in strict alphabetical order until the last name. There are other men with Highfield origins who are not listed on the memorial: see for instance the information about the death of Alfred Radburn (CWGC), formerly of New High Street, in The Changing Faces of Headington, Book 2, p. 21.
A wooden war memorial cross on a stone base was put up in the garden of All Saints’ Church, but this has no names. The base of the original cross rotted over the years and fell over in August 2008 (below), but a new stone cross is now in place.
Below: This card with the text “From All Saints’ Parish, Highfield” under the picture,
was sent at Christmas by members of the congregation of that church
to men of its parish serving abroad in the First World War
In 1917 Sergeant-Major Frederick Brooks of Windsor Street was the first man in the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry to win the Victoria Cross in the First World War. He survived.
All Saints’ parish was only four years old in 1914. It was created in 1910, and took over nearly all of the old St Andrew’s parish that lay to the south of the London Road. To the north, the London Road marks a clear boundary, with the houses on the north side being in St Andrew’s parish, and those to the south in All Saints’ parish. To the west it includes the houses at the top of Headington Hill near the reservoir; and to the south it includes Old Road.
To the east, the boundary is less obvious. For the most part it runs along the centre of Windmill Road, but just to the north of Bateman Street it turns east to incorporate both sides of Windmill Road, and the west side of Holyoake Road.