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Front of memorial
Pte A. G. AKERS. 2nd O.B.L.I.
Pte H. AKERS. Rl West Kents
L.Cpl H. ALLUM. 2nd 4th O.B.L.I.
QrM. Sergt H. BAKER. 1st O.B.L.I.
L.Cpl F. C. BURBOROUGH. 5th O.B.L.I.
Pte J. B. CROSS . Q.O.O.H.
L.Cpl G. H. CUMMINGS. 1st 4th O.B.L.I.
Pte T. C. DEARLOVE. 1st 4th O.B.L.I.
Pte P. J. EVANS 8th Glos. Regt
Rifleman R. FAULKNER 2nd Batn K.R.R.C.
Pte E. GOUGH. R.A.M.C.
L.Cpl F. GRAY. 5th O.B.L.I.
Pte F. GREEN. Rl Fusls
Cpl A. HARLEY. Rl Berks
1st Class Stoker C. HARTWELL. R.N.R.
Pte L. HEATH. 1st 4th O.B.L.I.
Pte T. MADDEN. 1st O.B.L.I.
Pte R. MATTHEWS. 10th Batn K.S.L.I.
Cpl F. NEWPORT. R.F.A.
Pte C. PHIPPS. O.B.L.I.
Bombr W. PLUMRIDGE. RFA
Sergt Majr R. SHRIMPTON. Q.O.O.H.
2nd Class Seaman E. W. SHRIMPTON. U.S.N.
Pte P. J. SMITH. Rl Berks
Pte C. TOLLEY. 1st 4th O.B.L.I.
Pte J. WALTON. 1st 4th O.B.L.I.
[The two men named Shrimpton
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY THEIR FRIENDS OF NEW MARSTON
Left side of memorial
OF THE MEN
FROM THIS VILLAGE
WHO LAID DOWN
IN THE GREAT WAR[S]
An “S” was later added to the words “GREAT WAR” above, and the following text was squeezed in at the foot of the left side.
TOM BAILEY FREDERICK MATTHEWS
JAMES CRANK GEORGE THOMAS
WALTER E. GILES NORMAN WAKELEY
GORDON HERN DENNIS WARD
ERNEST MACKENZIE GEORGE WIGGINS
[On base of left side, presumably an omission]
Right side of memorial
MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN
HIS LIFE FOR HIS
The New Marston War Memorial stands on the east side of the Marston Road, between the junctions of William Street and John Garne Way, adjacent to St Michael’s Primary School. It was originally set up to remember the dead of New Marston in the First World War, who are listed on the front of the pillar facing the road. It is a Grade II listed structure (List Entry No. 1440072).
Unlike the memorials in the other villages of Headington and Marston, this memorial is set on the public highway rather than in a church. This is because New Marston only became an ecclesiastical parish in its own right in 1963, following the consecration of St Michael & All Angels Church. At the time this memorial was erected, the north side of New Marston (then just William Street and part of the north side of the Marston Road) was in the parish of St Andrew in Old Headington, while the south side (Edgeway and Ferry Roads, and part of the south side of the Marston Road) was in the parish of St Nicholas in Old Marston.
The memorial is about 2.75 metres (nine feet) tall and was built by Messrs Axtell & Son. It comprises a stone cross mounted on a large stone column, which stands on a two-stepped base. The memorial and steps stand on a raised platform area with red tiles, reached from the pavement by two pairs of three steps.
It was unveiled on 21 December 1919 by Mrs G. Herbert Morrell of Headington Hill Hall. The Last Post was sounded, and there was a service conducted by the Revd J. H. Mortimer, Vicar of Marston.
This First World War Memorial later had the dead of the Second World War added to the left-hand side.
- Imperial War Museums database: New Marston War Memorial
- War Memorials online: New Marston War Memorial
- Oxford Journal Illustrated, 24 December 1919, p. 1: Photograph of the unveiling of the war memorial
- Three poems by children of St Michael’s CE (Aided) Primary School, Marston Road