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St†Nicholasís Church, Old Marston


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War memorial, Old Marston Church

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF
THE MEN OF MARSTON
WHO DIED GLORIOUSLY
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914–1918.

Major REGINALD D’ARCY ANDERSON, R.G.A.

PTE ERNEST VICTOR BIOVOIS, Gloucs.

PTE ALBERT JOHN DREWITT, O.B.L.I.*

PTE ARTHUR DREWITT, O.B.L.I.*

LCE CPL GEORGE HERBERT CUMMINGS, O.B.L.I.**

PTE JOHN EADLE, O.B.L.I.

LCE CPL ALBERT EDWARD HAYNES, R.Berks.*

PTE HERBERT GEORGE HAYNES, R.F.*

DVR RICHARD CHARLES KNIBBS, R.H.A.

CPL ERNEST ALFRED WARD, O.B.L.I.*

PTE HENRY GEORGE WARD, O.B.L.I.*

BOMR CHARLES HENRY WEBB, R.G.A.

Their name liveth for evermore.


* Three pairs of brothers

** Out of alphabetical order on the memorial


Second World War

The extension underneath the memorial lists the three Old Marston men who died in the Second World War. There is more about them here

 

The dedication service for this plaque took place on the evening of Sunday 7 December 1919, and the Last Post was played immediately afterwards. For a contemporary photograph of the plaque see theOxford Journal Illustrated, 17 December 1919, p. 7. There is a long report in the Oxford Times of 12 December 1919 describing the services, which gives this description:

The memorial is the work of Messrs Mowbray, of Oxford, and is placed immediately behind the font. I is white on dove-coloured marble, with amber-coloured alabaster at the head. Over the inscription is a cross surrounded by a laurel wreath in bronze relief.

This plaque is on the Database of the Imperial War Museums: Men of Marston – Tablet and in War Memorials Online

Old Marston war memorial

 

The Old Marston War Memorial (left), which stands in the churchyard to the west of the entrance of St Nicholas's Church has the following inscription:

On the three front faces of the octagonal base:
1914
(on SW face)
LEST / WE / FORGET (on S face)
1918 (on SE face)

On the top step:
Their names are recorded within the Church
.

This memorial is a Grade II listed structure:
see its entry under Listed Buildings of Marston

for more information