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ledger entry - AWN Ponsonby

How do the ledgers from a shoemakers' shop relate to the First World War? One very poignant and thought-provoking answer can be found in the ledgers of the venerable Oxford shoemaker, Ducker & Son. When 'Duckers' recently closed, after trading…

Visit the Pitt Rivers Museum and use this app to find and learn about twelve artefacts related to the First World War. The free app is available for both Android and iPhone devices. It can be downloaded from the App store or Google Play (links on…

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Joseph Sobolewski came from Russia (modern Lithuania).
He was born in Kalwary on 28th December 1872 andarrived in UK c.1900. His identity book (issued July 1918) includes a picture of him and thumbprint (because he was illiterate). According to the…

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Peter Spencer Spokes was born in December 1893. He was a student at Queens College, University of Oxford (matriculated 1912) and a member of the University’s contingent of the Officers training corps. He commenced his army service on January 20,…

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Jean Larrue was born on the 23.07.1885 and came from SW France near Bordeaux. He served in the French army with 95th infantry regiment, 35th company. Signed SP or LP 182. He was captured at the end of the battle of Chemin-des-Dames, and made prisoner…

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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…

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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…

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Examining the many inventive and moving ways in which people began to mourn and commemorate their loved ones while WW1 was still ongoing and before official acts of public memory were established. The winning entry of the TORCH and Academic IT…

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

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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