Poppy

First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Thomas Charles DEARLOVE (1888–1915)

Dearlove

Thomas Charles Dearlove was born at 21 William Street, New Marston in 1888, the son of James Dearlove (born in Oxford in 1853 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 3 July) and Mary Ellen Rogers (born in Cowley in 1854 and baptised at St James’s Church on 7 May).

His parents were married in the Headington Registration District in the second quarter of 1873 and had twelve children, of whom eleven survived:

  • Stanley Dearlove (born in Oxford on 26 September 1875, with a late baptism at St Clement’s Church on 27 June 1880 at the same time as his younger sister Louisa)
  • Matilda Ellen Dearlove (born at St Clement’s, Oxford in 1878 and reg. under that name, but baptised as Ellen Matilda Dearlove at St Clement’s Church on 30 June)
  • Louisa Dearlove (born at St Clement’s, Oxford in 1880 and baptised at St Clement’s Church on 27 June)
  • Annie Elizabeth Dearlove (born in New Marston in 1882 and baptised at St Clement’s Church on 28 May)
  • Gertrude Eva Dearlove (born in New Marston in 1883/4, reg. first quarter of 1884)
  • James Dearlove (born in New Marston in 1886/7, reg. first quarter of 1887)
  • Thomas Charles Dearlove (born at 21 William Street, New Marston in 1888, reg. as Charles Thomas Dearlove and also baptised with that name at St Clement’s Church on 27 January 1889)
  • Herbert (Bertie) Dearlove (born in New Marston in 1890, reg. fourth quarter)
  • Hilbury Lewes Dearlove (born in New Marston in 1893, reg. as Louis Hilbury Dearlove and baptised with that name at St Clement’s Church on 30 April 1893)
  • William Edwin Dearlove (known as Edwin, born in William Street, New Marston in 1895 and baptised at St Clement’s Church on 30 June)
  • Rosa Lucy Dearlove (born in New Marston in 1897 and baptised at St Clement’s Church on 27 June).

Thomas’s father was a house carpenter. At the time of Matilda’s baptism in June 1878 the family was recorded as living in Cross Street, St Clement’s.

By the time of the 1881 census (where they are hard to find because the enumerator ditto’d them with the surname of the previous entry), the family had moved to New Marston and were living at the present 21 William Street, next door to Thanet Cottage. The family was to remain here until the 1930s.

Thomas Charles Dearlove was born at 21 William Street in 1888.

At the time of the 1891 census Thomas (2) was living at 21 William Street with his father James (36), a  carpenter, his mother Helen (37), and his seven siblings Stanley (16), who was a bookbinder, and Matilda (13), Louisa (11), Annie (11), Gertrude (7), James (4), and Herbert (six months). Two more children were born to his mother in the 1890s.

In 1901 Thomas (12) was at school and living at 21 William Street with his father James (47), his mother Mary (47), and his siblings Gertrude (17), who was working as a housemaid, and James (14), Bertie (9), Hilbury (8), William Edwin (5), and Rosa (3). His brother Stanley (26) had left home and was a married man with two children of his own; Matilda (22) was in service as a parlourmaid in Warwickshire; Louisa (20) was in service as a cook at Mendip House on Headington Hill; and Annie (18) was at the Marcham Road Isolation Hospital in Abingdon (probably working as a kitchenmaid but marked as a patient in the census).

By 1911 Thomas (22) was working as a bootmaker, and was living at 21 William Street with his father James (57), his mother Mary (57), and his siblings Hilbury (18), who was a cycle repairer; William (15), who was a grocer's porter; and Rosa (13), who was still at school.

On 5 August 1911 at Cowley St John Church, Thomas Charles Dearlove, described as a bootmaker of William Street, married Florence Elsie Harris of 156 Howard Street. They had three daughters:

  • Elizabeth M. Dearlove (born in 1911, probably in east Oxford, reg. Headington district in fourth quarter)
  • Eva E. Dearlove (born in 1912, probably in east Oxford, reg. Headington district in third quarter)
  • Kathleen N. E. Dearlove (born in 1914, probably in east Oxford, reg. Headington district in second quarter).

Poppy Thomas Charles Dearlove volunteered to serve in the First World War and was a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 18259). He was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium at the age of about 27 on 25 September 1915.

T. C. Dearlove

 

He has no known grave, but is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 37 and 39), and on the New Marston War Memorial on the Marston Road, Oxford.

 

Left: Thomas Charles Dearlove’s name on the Ypres (Menin Gate) War Memorial, kindly supplied by British War Graves


Postscript

New Marston War Memorial

Thomas’s widow
  • Mrs Florence Elsie Dearlove lived at 120 Howard Street in east Oxford after her husband’s death. In the last quarter of 1920 she married Charles J. Harley in the Headington registration district. She died in Oxford at the age of 84 in 1965.
Thomas’s parents
  • Mrs Ellen Dearlove died at 21 William Street at the age of 64 and was buried in Headington Cemetery on 18 October 1917
  • James Dearlove died at 21 William Street at the age of 78 and was buried in Headington Cemetery on 21 October 1931.
Thomas’s children
  • Elizabeth M. Dearlove (born 1911) married Thomas A. Williams in the second quarter of 1935 in the Oxford district.
  • Eva E. Dearlove (born 1912) married Timothy J. Winter in the third quarter of 1937 in the Oxford district, and the birth of their son Peter J. Winter was registered in the Oxford district in the first quarter of 1939.
  • Kathleen N. E. Dearlove (born 1914) married Ronald C. Pipkin in the third quarter of 1942 in the Oxford district.
Thomas’s siblings
  • Stanley Dearlove (b.1875) was a bookbinder. He and his wife Louisa lived at 15 Bateman Street, New Headington, and they had three children: Stanley Arnold Soanes Dearlove (b.1897), Frank Harold James Dearlove (b. 1900), and Violet Louisa Dearlove (b.1904).
  • Louisa Dearlove (born 1880) married Augustin Leonard, a chauffeur of Wroxton, at St Andrew's Church on 24 December 1910.
  • Gertrude Eva Dearlove (born 1883/4) married the widower James Hewett, a carpenter of Long Wittenham, at St Andrew's Church in Old Headington on 1 December 1906.

See also

Back to New Marston War Memorial

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website