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World War 1 - Oxfordshire's War

Harold Tabernacle

Oxford City players gave lives for their country in First World War

Sidney Smith’s son Paul looks at items in the exhibition at Witney Museum                        Picture: OX71776 Damian Halliwell

Letters from the front bring Great War home

King George V

Prince of Wales shrugs off training doubts to join forces on front

The letter from the king

King writes to woman with six sons in battle

St John Ambulance Brigade’s new ambulance, designed to carry eight wounded soldiers on stretchers

Motor ambulance helps move wounded from trains to beds

Members of the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars ‘spud bashing’ during training on Christ Church Meadow in Oxford

City defies war to celebrate ‘Christmas as usual’

On Christmas Day hostilities often slowed down, or even ceased in some sectors of the war, and this allowed some soldiers to enjoy a game of football

Frontline kickabout with Oxford ball?

King George V

The two faces of serving your country

Steve Berridge

Move a step closer towards more brutal trench warfare

A soldier from The Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars says goodbye to his wife and son in Queen Street in 1915

How town and gown were changed by war

Peter Warburton at the Churchill war memorial                       Picture: OX71244 Simon Williams

Villagers in Churchill rally to clean war memorial

A Sopwith Camel aircraft

Sopwith 'ace' won the Military Cross

The tents that made up part of a military hospital at Somerville College during the First World War

Story of Vera Brittain, Shirley Williams' mother, forms part of Somerville College war roadshow memorabilia

Composer Matthew  Holmes, left, and conductor Ed Liebrecht will perform at tonight’s musical commemoration

Pupil composes score for charity memorial concert

Glory Farm pupils Isabella Mulgan, Summer Riches, Mya Parslow and Ellie French look at some of their artwork based on the theme of Remembrance 	            Pictures: OX71062 Julian Rus

Bicester school learns all about WW1 through art

By Wheatley war memorial is co-editor Bill Jackson with the book They Were a Wall: Wheatley in A World at War 1914-19, with others who contributed, from left, John Fox, Anne Ledwith and John Prest      Picture: OX71060 Simon Williams

Book chronicles the lives and Great War deaths of villagers from Wheatley

Twelve-year-old Maisie Harris with a poppy made from a vinyl record dedicated to her great-great-grandfather Archibald Harris.		Picture: OX71019 Damian Halliwell

Abingdon school pupils make giant poppies from old vinyl record discs

The war memorial

Glowing poppy will be included in festive lights tribute to fallen

Keith Brooks, front, with two of Horspath’s three surviving veterans of the Second World War, John Sheppard, left, and John West, with his memorial                                                             Picture: OX70917 Jon Lewis

War hero’s grandson risks police action over Horspath memorial

Kidlington war veteran Peter Phipps

Blind war veteran from Kidlington will join colleagues at London Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

Steve Berridge

Battalion in thick of battle as soldiers set foot in Ypres

Sainsbury's manager Vince Brimble

Store supporting poppy collection

From left, Martin Harris, organiser of the exhibition, Mike Cross, treasurer of the club and co-organiser of the exhibition, and Pamela Richards,  co-organiser, in front of the map of where the soldiers lived

Fate of war dead closer to home in village map

Bill Jestico wears some World War One memorabilia Picture: OX70634 Cliff Hide

Wantage roadshow uncovers First World War memories

Soldiers at a welcome home celebration tea in the Market Place, Wantage, in 1914

Wantage residents will have their war relations' diaries preserved online

The memorial  Picture: Cliff Hide OX70448

Lives of 25 young soldiers recorded in Brightwell Cum Sotwell display

Owner preserves rare munitions building found in town

Owner preserves rare munitions building found in town

Troops all set to travel by train

War diaries - 'The troops were unaware of the bloodshed to come'

From left, Fred Sibley, Peter Sibley and Adam Sibley on their trip

Three generations retrace footsteps of family’s hero

Junior Under Officer Christopher Hancock with Commanding Officer Lt Col Simon Mason

Uni students can take aim to enrol in young officers’ corps

Walking wounded: After the Battle of Menin in September 1917, in which men from Bampton fought

Exhibition pulls no punches to honour war dead

Christ Church, Oxford

‘Turning the Pages’ for the county’s fallen war heroes

Michael Quirke with the tin of medals

Soldier's son keen to return medals to family of veteran

BEF troops march through a village in northern France

War Diaries - retreating as the Germans advance

Edward Brooks

Victoria Cross hero’s Oxford grave to be renovated by charity

The Machine Gun section of the 2nd Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, 1914

Enemy forces tested regiment to the limit

MEMORIAL: Historian and city councillor Elizabeth Wade has been trying to trace the history of Frank White, one of the men on the war memorial at St Margaret’s Church in North Oxford. Now she has found a ‘death penny’ bearing his name

‘Death penny’ may unlock riddle of unknown soldier

Tim Delap will be performing at the Oxford Playhouse

Theatre stages First World War plays

ON PARADE: The 2nd Battalion at Aldershot 1914

War diaries: from a green and pleasant land to the Western Front

french visit: Simon Pratt, 49, the great-grandson of Pte John Garlick of Wallingford, who was killed in the First World War in August 1914

Descendant honours fallen great-grandad

Author Jane Cotter

Writer chronicles sacrifices made by people in conflict

Ron and Diana Cosford outside St Mary's Church in Iffley

Anniversary book records Iffley’s role in Great War

Dale Johnston with First World War shell casings

Explosive start for Oxfordshire's car-making industry

Teachers Rick Stevens, left, and Gareth Howell giving one of their First World War talks in Abingdon

Teachers present lessons learned in trench warfare

Front: Andrew Morgan. Left to right: Jo Wheeler, Sarah Durrant, Pauline Stowell, Roy Kibble and Tim Pearce            Picture: OX69093 Ed Nix

Embedding memories of life in wartime

The Bishop of Dorchester, Rt Rev Colin Fletcher, blesses the windows, flanked by Cllr Nicolas Turner

Bishop’s blessing for town hall’s windows

Wreathes are carried to the graves of the two Great War soldiers buried next to the church

Tribute to the Fallen at service

Louis Barron, seven, left, and Jacob Barron, 11, second left, with Rev James Wilkinson at the service

Sacrifices are kept alive by younger generation

Rev David Payne and Rev John Durant

The bells ring out

George Whittaker and, below, the diary he kept as a prisoner of war

Diary’s insight into the life of a prisoner of war

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