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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Reginald FAULKNER (1892/3–1915)

Faulkner

Reginald Faulkner was born in Oxford in 1893/4, the son of William Faulkner (born in Begbroke in 1869) and Emily Wharton (born in Claydon near Cropredy in 1863/4).

His parents were married at St Mary's Church in Witney on 1 October 1890 and had four children:

  • William Faulkner (born in Elsfield in 1891 and baptised at Shipton-on-Cherwell on 11 October)
  • Reginald Faulkner (born in Sunnymead, Oxford in 1893/4 and baptised at at St Michael & All Angels Church in Summertown on 4 February 1894)
  • Amy Elizabeth Faulkner (born in Charlbury in 1897/8 and baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church there on 30 January 1898)
  • Albert John Faulkner (born in New Marston in mid-1900 and baptised at St Nicholas’s Church, Old Marston on 19 August); died aged 2 years 4 months, and buried in the churchyard there on 29 November 1902.

Reginald's parents began their married life with his widowed grandmother, Mrs Mary Faulkner, at Elsfield. At the time of the 1891 census his father William (21), who was working as a gardener, and his mother Emily (27) were living with her at Elsfield Road, and their first child William was born there later that year. It appears that they moved briefly to Shipton-on-Cherwell after his birth, as he was baptised there in October 1891.

By the time of Reginald's birth near the beginning of 1894 they had moved to Sunnymead to the north of Oxford, and by 1898 they were in Charlbury

By mid-1900 they had moved to New Marston, and the 1901 census shows Reginald (7), who was at school, living at Ferry Road there with his father William (31), who was a non-domestic gardener, his mother Emily (37), and his siblings William (9), Amy (3), and Albert (eight months). Baby Albert died the following year

In 1911 Reginald (17) was working as a porter and still living at Ferry Road with his father William (41), his mother Emily (47), his brother William (19), who was a gardener like his father, and his sister Amy (13), who was at school.

By 1915 the family had moved to 46 William Street, also in New Marston, off the other side of the Marston Road.

Reginald Faulkner’s grave

 

Poppy Reginald Faulkner volunteered to serve in the First World War and was a Rifleman in the 2nd Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (Service No. 11741).

He died of wounds at the age of 21 on 27 January 1915 in Pas de Calais, France.

He is buried in the Beuvry Communal Cemetery (Grave 20), and is remembered on the New Marston War Memorial on the Marston Road, Oxford.

Left: Photograph of Reginald’s Faulkner’s grave in Beuvry, France, kindly supplied by British War Graves. The text reads:

[Crest of the King’s Royal
Rifle Corps, with motto
“CELER ET AUDAX”]

11741 PRIVATE
R. FAULKNER
KING’S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS
27TH JANUARY 1915 AGE 21


HE EVER LIVETH
IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE
THAT LOVE HIM

This is one of the 40% of war graves that bears a personal message at the end (for which the family had to pay 3½d per letter).


New Marston War Memorial

Postscript

Reginald’s parents

William and Emily Faulkner continued to live at 46 William Street, New Marston for a period after the war.

  • The Emily Faulkner who died at the age of 78 and whose death was registered in the Oxford district in the fourth quarter of 1942 is probably his mother, and the William Faulkner who died at the age of 84 and whose death was registered in the Oxford district in the second quarter of 1953 his father.

See also
  • CWGC: Faulkner, Reginald (address given as 48 William Street, which appears to be wrong)
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 24 February 1915 , “Heroes of the War”: photograph of Rifleman R. Faulkner of New Marston, who had died the previous month (shown above with kind permission of Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire History Centre)
  • Wikipedia: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

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