Fitting memorial to villages' dead

The Oxford Times: From back, Nicola Blackwood, Ann Thorne, Callum Thorne, Susan Wark and Libby Thorne From back, Nicola Blackwood, Ann Thorne, Callum Thorne, Susan Wark and Libby Thorne

REMEMBRANCE Sunday saw the unveiling of a new memorial to soldiers from North Hinksey and Botley who lost their lives in the Second World War.

The hand-carved war memorial bearing the names of the 11 men was dedicated at St Lawrence Church, North Hinksey, as part of the Remembrance Day Service in the village on Sunday.

Leading the dedication was the honorary assistant Bishop of Oxford, Bishop Bill Down, and other guests included Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood, Abingdon town and county councillor Mike Badcock, and families whose loved ones’ names feature on the memorial.

Also there was North Hinksey resident Ray Rook, who, despite being told that no one had died from the villages during the conflict, made an appeal for information.

THE HONOURED

  •  William James Barson – died 29.11.43 on the ship Suez Maru
  •  William John Barson – died 12.11.42 in Malaysia
  • Albert Breakspear – died 19.1.42 plane crash,Yell, Shetland
  • Harold Bury – died 23.11.44 near Antwerp, Belgium
  • Arthur Capel – died 3.5.43, Bay of Biscay
  • John Coles – died 24.8.46 of injuries, Oxfor
  • Victor Jeffries – died 16.5.41.  buried at Harwich
  • Harold Kidd-May – died 10.8.43, plane crash between Gibraltar and Britain
  • Phillip Russell – died 4.7.44, in Calvados, France
  • Albert Taylor – died 17.6.40, location of death unknown
  • Douglas Williams – died 6.5.45, pilot, cremated in Oxford

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