First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Hubert ALLUM (1892–1917)

Hubert Allum was born in Wheatley in 1892, the son of John Frederic Allum (born in Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxfordshire in 1862/3 and baptised there on 4 January 1863) and Emily Taylor (born in Clifton-on-Teme, Worcestershire in 1860/1).

His parents were married (evidently in haste) on 17 April 1884 at St Mary’s Church, Reading and had six children:

  • Frederick Henry Allum (born in South Stoke on 5 July 1884 and baptised there on 31 August)
  • Alfred John Allum (born in Wheatley in 1888 and baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church there on 29 July);
    died at Kidmore End aged eleven months and there on 20 April 1889
  • Amy Beatrice Allum (born in Wheatley in 1890 and baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church there on 6 April)
  • Hubert Allum (born in Wheatley in 1892 and baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church there on 1 May)
  • Walter John Allum (born in Wheatley on 11 October 1895 and baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church there on 1 December)
  • Arthur Edward Allum (born in Wheatley in late 1898 and baptised there on 5 February);
    died aged two months and buried there on 21 February 1899.

Hubert's parents began their married life in South Stoke, where his father worked as a gardener, but by mid-1888 they had moved to Wheatley, where his father was initially employed as a gardener, and later as a gardener and coachman.

They appear to have been living at Kidmore End to the south-west of Henley when their second child Alfred died in April 1889, but by the time of time of the 1891 census they were back in Wheatley, living at Bell Lane with their first two surviving children Frederick (6) and Amy (1).

Hubert was born in 1892.

At the time of the 1901 census Hubert (9) was living at Church Road, Wheatley with his father John (38), described as a domestic coachmen, his mother Emily (39) and his siblings Frederick (16), who was an under-butler, and amy (11) and Walter (5).

In 1911 Hubert (19) was living in Turl Street, Oxford at the Rector’s Lodgings of Lincoln College, where he was working as a footman to the Rector, William Walter Merry. By that date his family had moved to Old Marston and were living at Home Farm. His father was working as a domestic gardener again, while Frederick (26) was now working as an electrician, Amy (21) was a dressmaker, and Walter (15) was at technical school.

By 1915 Hubert's family had moved back to New Marston and were living in William Street: Hubert’s military record gives the precise address as 4 William Street.

Poppy Hubert Allum volunteered to serve in the First World War and was sent to the front in May 1915. He served as a Lance Corporal in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 202107) and was killed in action in Belgium at the age of 25 on 10 September 1917.

Allumís name on Tyne Cot Memorial


He has no known grave, but is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 96 to 98). The photograph of his name on that memorial (left) was kindly supplied by British War Graves


He is also remembered on the New Marston War Memorial on the Marston Road, Oxford.


New Marston War Memorial

Hubert’s parents
  • John Frederick Allum died at at 4 William Street, New Marston at the age of 72 on 23 May 1935.
  • Mrs Emily Allum was probably staying with her daughter Amy when she died at 100 Douglas Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham on 22 October 1935.
Hubert’s siblings
  • Frederick Henry Allum (born 1884) continued to work as an electrical engineer. He married Eveline Theo Hancock in the Oxford registration district in the first quarter of 1918 Their son Hubert Stanley Allum (probably named after his uncle who died) was born at Hythe in Colchester on 5 July 1921 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on Christmas Day. Frederick Henry Allum died in Colchester at the age of 75 on 10 April 1960.
  • Amy Beatrice Allum (born 1890) was still living with her parents in William Street when she married Alfred Thomas Allen, a soldier of 6 Parker Street in east Oxford, at St Andrew's Church on 22 October 1917. Amy Beatrice Allen died in Birmingham at the age of 69 on 9 May 1959.
  • Walter John Allum (born 1895) became an engineer. He married Helen Zilpah Fiona Cook at St Nicholas’s Church on 19 December 1925. Their son Frank H. Allum was born in the Lewisham area in 1925 (reg. third quarter), and they then went to live at Chester Street, Streetly, Birmingham, where their daughter Sheila Margaret Allum was born on 24 December 1928: she was baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 31 March 1929. Walter John Allum died at Cirencester at the age of 90 near the beginning of 1986.

See also

Back to New Marston War Memorial

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website