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Charles Wheeler from Oakley was born on 1 December 1899. He was the the great-uncle of teh contributor. Wheeler left school at 12. He was conscripted on his 18th birthday 1 December 1916 and joined the Machine Gun Corps. He was captured in April 1918…


Field glasses belonged to Edward Sykes, great-uncle of the contributor. Sykes was drafted in the last Tottenham-Edmonton area of London (Middlesex Regt). He survived the war and lived a long life. Served mostly in Belgium, wounded in the Somme area…

Images with a connection to the First World War in Oxford, held in the University's online digital media library.


George John Fawdrey, was born on 19th June 1885 and died 22nd January 1975, just before reaching his 90th Birthday.
He was a chauffeur at Kingston House, Kingston Bagpuize, where he met and later married on 26th December 1914, Edith Townsend who was…


Born 66-12-1881 in Lichfield Staffs 12-4-1915 enlisted in the R.A.S.C. at Lichfield. Joined the 6th Battalion The North Staffordshire Regiment A company Army Service Corps,(RASC). He undertook training near Derby before proceeded to France landing at…


Objects belong to ex-serviceman – Bill(?) Tailor
b. 1890s(?), d. late 1970s
The contributor volunteered to visit elderly people and met him as part of this. He gave the objects to her.

Envelope with address:
His address when he enlisted –…

As part of its centenary commemorations, Worcester College has created an online memorial that gives details about each of the men who died in the First World War, many profiles have supporting photographs.

Exeter roll of honour.pdf

The College's roll documents each of the men who served in the First World War. It includes key personal details about each of the students and staff as well a number of moving poems in the opening pages.

This memorial book includes potted biographies of each of the Balliol men who served in the First World War, including Raymond Asquith, son of the former UK Prime Minister, Right Hon H. H. Asquith.

This online memorial gives detailed accounts of each of the men who served in WW1 from the college.

As part of its centenary commemorations, Christ Church has created an online memorial that gives details about each of the men who served from the college, many have supporting photographs.


When I was 7 or 8 years old, we lived in a council house in Iffley, Oxford. The rent was 7.6/week. My father worked in Lucy's, the foundry in Jericho. Like so many other families at that time, we had a lodger. Mr Jarret (spelling uncertain: Jarrett,…

East School

The historic Grade II listed Examination Schools is located on the main High Street in Oxford and was built by Thomas Jackson between 1876 and 1882. Its primary and original purpose was for the holding of University examinations as the number of…


This photograph was passed to the contributor by his father. It is a school photograph from St Peter and Paul’s school (a Catholic School in Ilford, East London) taken in 1914.It comes with a greaseproof paper sheet – composed by the…

Diary of WHR Brown.pdf

William Reginald Harold Brown (M.C.) was born in Oxford. He lived in Botley Road and then Abbey Road and then the family moved to Hillview Road. He joined the Territorial Army when he was 17.5 years old. Before the War he worked at Oxford Times as a…


Wiliam Tolson was born in the 1880s, possibly in a military family. His father had fought in the Boer war. When the First World War started, Wilfred Tolson was a professional soldier in the Oxford Light Infantry. In 1916 he was promoted major from…


Alfred Cooper was a keen photographer. During the war, he served on the HMT or SS Marthara (merchant vessel), travelling around the world as a radion operator. He collated his photographs in an album, which is now in the posession of his daughter.…

This blog article presents a digital version of a college exhibition displayed in November 2014. It focuses on the Univ students who served in the First World War and the way in which their details were recorded during and post-conflict. It also…

War memorial panel.pdf

These attractive panels are based on research conducted into the lives of the men listed on the Saint Giles Church WW1 memorial.


Charles Albert Cordeaux (borne 10 Feb 1884 in Brixton), the grandfather of the contributor, moved to Headington after service to work in the office of the car factory. Before that he was a professional soldier, joined the West Kent Regiment in 1901…


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