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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

John WALTON (1894–1916)

John Walton

John Walton was born at Weston-on-the-Green near Bicester in 1894, the son of George Walton (born in Piddington in 1865 and baptised there on 4 June) and Eliza Jane Tuffrey (born in Kidlington in c.1865).

John’s mother had an illegitimate child before her marriage:

  • Gertrude Tuffrey (born in Bicester in 1888 and baptised at St Edburg’s Church there on 5 December).

Gertrude may have been the daughter of John’s father, as when in 1911 John’s mother (mistakenly, as she was widowed) filled in the box asking for the number of children of the current marriage, she put down seven, all alive.

John’s father was living in Bletchingdon and his mother in Chesterton when their banns were called in August and September 1890, and they were married in the Bicester registration district shortly afterwards, with another child was on the way. They had the following six children:

  • Frederick James Walton (born in Weston-on-the-Green in 1890/1 and baptised there on 8 March 1891)
  • Bertie Walton (born in Weston-on-the-Green in 1892/3 and baptised there on 8 June 1893)
  • John Walton (born in Weston-on-the-Green in 1894 and baptised there on 2 December)
  • Annie Walton (born in Weston-on-the-Green in 1896 and baptised there on 27 September)
  • Frank Walton (born in Weston-on-the-Green in 1898 and baptised there on 19 October)
  • George Walton (born in Weston-on-the-Green in 1901 and baptised there on 11 June).

In 1891 John’s father was an agricultural labourer, living at 2 Mutton Corner, Weston-on-the-Green with his new wife and Gertrude Tuffrey (aged two and described as his daughter), and baby Frederick (two months).

John Walton was born in late 1894.

At the time of the 1901 census John (6) was living at 11 Oxford Road, Weston-on-the-Green with his father George Walton (36), who was a shepherd on a farm, his mother Eliza (35) and his siblings Frederick (10), Bertie (8), Annie (4), and Frank (2), plus his sister or half-sister Gertrude Tuffrey (12).

John’s father George Walton died at the age of 41 in 1906 and was buried at Weston-on-the-Green churchyard on 8 September. His mother moved to Elsfield with her children.

At the time of the 1911 census John (16) was a farm labourer, living in Elsfield with his mother Eliza (45) and his siblings Frederick (20) and Bertie (18), who were also farm labourers, and Frank (12) and George (9).

Around the time of the First World War Eliza Jane Walton and her family moved to Edgeway Road, New Marston.

Poppy In the First World War John Walton served as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 2239). He died of wounds at the Somme in France at the age of 21 on 9 April 1916.

He is buried in the Beauval Communal Cemetery (D.31), and is remembered on the New Marston War Memorial on the Marston Road, Oxford.


Postscript

New Marston War Memorial

John’s mother
  • His mother is probably the Eliza Walton who died in the Oxford district at the age of 82 in 1946 (second quarter).
John’s siblings
  • Gertrude Walton (born 1888) married Ernest John Welton, a gardener from Cumberland, at St Nicholasís Church, Old Marston on 6 January 1914.
  • Frederick James Walton (born 1891) was working as a gardener when he married Mabel Elisabeth Ward of Old Marston at St Nicholas's Church on 30 August 1919. He later became a motor engineer, and they lived at 9 Edgeway Road. They had two children baptised at St Nicholasís Church, Old Marston: Doris Gwendoline Walton (born on 10 November 1920 and baptised on 9 January 1921) and Roy Walton (born on 27 July 1931 and baptised on 13 September).
  • Bertie Walton (born 1893) married Ada Bessie Ward at St Nicholas's Church, Old Marston on 28 February 1914. They appear to have had two children in the Headington registration district: Doris G. Ward (1920) and Roy Ward (1931).
  • Frank Walton (born 1898) was described as a motor mechanic of New Marston when he married Dora Saunders at St Nicholas's Church, Old Marston on 9 June 1924.
  • George Walton (born 1901) married Jessie L. Saunder [sic] in the Headington registration district in the second quarter of 1925.

See also

Back to New Marston War Memorial

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website