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Second World War Memorials


Unveiling of plaque by memorial trees on the Marston Road in 2012

World War II memorial plaque at Oxford Crematorium

Links on the war dead listed below are to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
Where this provides the age of the person who died, it is given in brackets afterwards.


St Andrew’s Church, Old Headington

Five men died: two were in the army, two in the air force, and one in the navy. They are commemorated on an addition to the First World War Memorial on a wall inside the church

St Andrew’s War Memorial

Lance Sergeant George William Coggins (age 21)

Guardsman Frank Armistice Goodchild (age 22)

Able Seaman Alfred Cyril Hudson (age 19)

Serjeant Reginald Morris (age 28)

Flying Officer Gordon Robert Sugar (age 22)

See the list at the foot of this page of people living on the outskirts of St Andrew’s parish who also died in the Second World War


Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry

Thirty-one men died: eighteen were in the army, nine in the air force, and four in the navy. Unlike the dead of the First World War, their names are not engraved anywhere at the church, but a stained-glass window by Sir Ninian Comper, installed in 1951, honours their collective memory. The names below are taken from the Quarry Roll of Honour, a large board which probably stood in the church during the war; but this list does not appear to have been complete.

War Memorial, Quarry

1939–1945” was added to the First World War Memorial
in Quarry churchyard (above)





East window

Above: Second World War stained-glass window, with figure of risen
Christ, with the text below reading: “Dedicated in memory of the men
of this parish who gave their lives for their country 1939–1945”.

Sergeant Norman Oswald Allen (age 19)

Sapper Dennis Herbert Bagnall (age 21)
See his grave in Headington Cemetery

Tom Beament (age 30)
See Lime Walk Methodist Church below

Corporal Thomas Henry Boyce (age 24)

Sergeant Phillip Gordon Burrell (age 22)

Leading Aircraftman Walter John Cox (age 24)
See his grave in Headington Cemetery

Aircraftman First Class Glyndwr
Vincent Fisher
 (age 22)

Captain Norman Simms Flowers (age 31)

Sergeant Colin Raymond Glover (age 27)

Private Patrick Leonard Goddard (age 20)
Osney Cemetery

Aubrey Griffin (age 19)
See Lime Walk Methodist Church below

Flight Sergeant Arthur Fairlie Hamilton (age 23)

Private Charles Bertram James Hay (age 23)

Bombardier Edward John Higgs (age 36)

Trooper Frederick Harry Hooper (age 25)

Warrant Office Class II Bernard Noel Jones (age 29)

Sapper Alan Anthony Kimber (age 25)

Corporal Charles Arthur Kyme (age 27)

Sub-Lieutenant Peter Lauriston
Charles Melville Lee
 (21)

Reginald Morris (age 28)
See St Andrew’s Church above

Leading Aircraftman Norman Patterson (age 32)

Private Cyril George Pead (age 24)

Private Frank Pike (age 22)

Donald Reid [??]
[A Mrs M. J. Reid lived at Rock Edge]

Lieutenant Robert Chaffer Richards (age 22)
and his brother
Leading Aircraftman Walter Hughes
Richards
(“Peter”) (age 18)

Sub-Lieutenant A) Hubert Horace
Richardson
 (age 22)

Private William Arthur Stannard (age 30)

Flight Sergeant Dudley Ralph Wicks (age 20)

Private Albert John Wharton (age 30):
see grave below

Gunner Lionel James Winstone (age 36)

 

See the list at the foot of this page of people who appear to have lived in Quarry and died in the Second World War but who are not listed on the Holy Trinity Roll of Honour

Grave of Wharton
Above: Grave in the Coriano Ridge War Cemetery (XVII, L, 4) of Albert John Wharton
of Headington Quarry, taken by Pat Bowler, whose mother was his cousin


All Saints’ Church, Highfield

All Saints’ Church has no list of its war dead of the Second World War. Please email if you can confirm the name of anyone in the parish who died.

All Saints war memorial
1939-1945” has been added to the stone base of the All Saints’ Church
First World War Memorial, which has no names of the dead

Bullock window

 

The following men definitely lived in All Saints’ parish according to Kelly’s Directory; but please see the list at the foot of this page for many more men whose addresses in Headington cannot be established, as most of these are likely to have lived in Highfield parish.

 

Lieutenant Michael Harry Bullock (age 21)
See stained glass window below

Captain Robert Emil Geoffrey Dawson (age 29)

Driver Hubert James Edmunds (age 38)

Lance Corporal Ronald Gould (age 21)
See his grave in Headington Cemetery

Fusilier George A. Frederick Hewlett (age 34)

Private Ernest Leslie Lee (age 23)
See his grave in Headington Cemetery

Sergeant Theodore Narishkin (age 20)
See his grave in Headington Cemetery

Sergeant Eric Stanley Raymond Norgrove (age 22)

Fusilier Donald Frederick Phipps (age 22)

Sergeant Louis Arthur Trinder (age 19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: This stained-glass window in All Saints’ Church reads:

“In loving memory of Michael Harry Bullock, Lieut. RTR, killed in action crossing the River Aller, Germany, 13 April 1945, aged 21 years”

 


St Francis of Assisi: Bulan Road area

Kelly’s Directory shows that ten Headington men who died lived in the Bulan Road area of Headington. This came under the new St Francis of Assisi Church in Hollow Way. Five were in the army, three in the air force, and two in the navy:


Lime Walk Methodist Church

Two men died (and both are also listed on the Quarry memorial roll). They were in the air force, and each has his own plaque on the wall of the church.

Beament and Griffin

 

 

 

 

Sergeant Thomas Hubert (“Tom”) Beament (age 30)

 

Leading Aircraftman [Ernest] Aubrey Griffin (age 19)


St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston

Three men died: one was in the army, one in the navy, and one in the marines. There is a visible extension to both the black and the white marble tablets to allow for their names to be added to the lower end of the First World War memorial inside the church. The links to the Commonwealth War Graves' Commission pages below show slight variations in ranks and in one name:

Old Marston war memorial

No. 40 R.M. Commando Frederick Gordon Matthews (age 19)

Serjeant Henry Bylett [sic] Simms (age 31)

Ordinary Seaman Dennis William Ward (age 18)
Buried in Marston Cemetery. Probably the Dennis Ward on the New Marston memorial


New Marston War Memorial, Marston Road

Twelve men died (of whom two appear also to be on Old Marston war memorial): six were in the army, four in the air force, one in the navy, and one in the marines. Their names were inscribed on the left-hand side of the First World War memorial.

New Marston Memorial

Above: Names of Second World War dead of New Marston were
added to the left-hand of the New Marston First World War Memorial

Arthur Kerry appears to have been omitted initially, as his name
has been added to the horizontal part of the step under this inscription

Tom Bailey  [??]  

Flying Officer Philip James Crank (age 22)
Marston Cemetery

Sergeant Walter Edward James Giles 
Rose Hill Cemetery

Private Gordon Hern (age 19)

Gunner Arthur Thomas Kerry (age 38)

Ernest Mackenzie [??]   [A Richard James Mackenzie lived at 59 Ferry Road]

Frederick Gordon Matthews (age 19)
See Old Marston memorial above

Private George Arthur Thomas (age 33)

Stoker 1st Class Norman Wakeley (age 20)

Dennis Ward
[see Old Marston memorial above]

Gunner [Sydney] George Wiggins (age 30)

Private Kenneth Eric Young (age 24)

Other Headington & Marston Second World War dead not listed above

St Andrew’s parish

The following people who died all appear to have lived outside Old Headington village on the outskirts of St Andrew’s parish (which then included Barton). Addresses obtained from Kelly’s Directory for 1945 and 1947

Holy Trinity (Quarry) Parish

The following people are not listed on the Holy Trinity Roll of Honour but appear to have lived within its parish. Most of them appear to have lived outside the old village itself (addresses obtained from Kelly’s Directory for 1945 and 1947)

All Saints (Highfield) Parish

The address of the following men from Headington who died in the Second World war cannot be established,
but a high proportion of them are likely to have lived in All Saints’ parish

Old Marston

New Marston

Marston, not specified

Unveiling of plaque to Marston dead of Second World War

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