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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Albert George AKERS (1895–1918)

Albert Akers

Albert George Akers was born in New Marston in 1895, the son of Albert Akers (born in Old Marston in 1872/3) and Mildred Palmer (born in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire in 1874 but living in the Iffley Road at the time of her marriage).

His parents were married at St Nicholas’s Church in Old Marston on 21 April 1894 and had seven children:

  • Albert George Akers (born in New Marston in 1894/5 and privately baptised by St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 16 January 1895)
  • Mildred Cicely Akers (born in Bourton-on-the Water in 1896, reg. third quarter)
  • Dorothy Ada Akers (born in New Marston in October 1898),
    died aged eleven days and buried in Headington Cemetery on 22 October 1898
  • Gertrude Annie Akers (born in New Marston in 1901 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 26 May)
  • John Edward Akers (born in New Marston on 18 March 1903 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 21 May)
  • Reginald Charles Akers (born in New Marston in 1905/6 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 1 April 1906)
  • Ronald Walter Akers (born in New Marston in 1909 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 12 September).

Albert's parents settled in his father's home of New Marston after their marriage, and Albert, who was their first child, was born there near the beginning of 1895.

At the time of the 1901 census Albert (6) was at school and living in William Street, New Marston with his father Albert (28), who was a hay trusser, his mother Mildred (27), and his sister Mildred (4), plus their lodger.

In 1911 Albert (16) was a haybinder like his father and was living at 1 William Street with his parents and his siblings Mildred (14), who was working as a domestic, and Gertrude (9), John (8), Reginald (5), and Ronald (1).

Poppy Albert George Akers volunteered to serve in In the First World War and was a Private in the the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 10524), initially (according to the local newspaper) in the 5th Battalion. He was sent to France on 20 May 1915, and was treated at the Bagthorpe Military Hospital in Nottingham before being transferred to the Cedars Auxiliary Hospital, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, and can be seen there in a photograph album kept by Nurse Hare. He returned to France, serving in the 2nd Battalion, and died in France at the age of 23 on 11 November 1918 (Armistice Day).

He is buried at the St Sever Cemetery extension, Rouen (S.II.GG.20) and is remembered on the New Marston War Memorial on the Marston Road, Oxford.


Postscript

New Marston War Memorial

Albert’s parents
  • Albert Akers senior died at 1 William Street, New Marston at the age of 65 and was buried at Headington Cemetery on 24 August 1938.
  • Mrs Mildred Akers was still living at 1 William Street in 1952. She died in the Oxford registration district in 1953.
Albert’s siblings
  • Gertrude Annie Akers (born 1901) married Henry T. Adams in the fourth quarter of 1921, probably at St Nicholas’s Church.
  • John Edward Akers (born 1903) was described as a motor mechanic and still living with his parents at 1 William Street when on 1 August 1927 at St Nicholas's Church he married Bessie Verna Webb (born 1903, the daughter of Charles Webb of Old Marston, who was also killed in the First World War). They lived in Ferry Road, and their first child Keith Akers (born 9 February 1930) was baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 16 March 1930. John died at the age of 44 on 31 December 1947 and is buried in St Nicholas’s churchyard.
  • Reginald Charles Akers was a printer still living with his parents at 1 William Street when on 26 December 1927 at Cowley St John Church he married Florence May Wheeler of 68 East Avenue.

See also

Back to New Marston War Memorial

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website