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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Harry HEDGES (1894–1915)

Harry Hedges

Harry Hedges (baptised as Henry) was born in Headington Quarry in 1894, the son of George Joseph Hedges (born in Headington Quarry in 1848/9) and Caroline Harriet Drury (born in Oxford in 1850/1).

His parents were married at St Clement’s Church on 20 July 1884, when they were both living in that parish. They had four children:

  • Laura Eve Hedges (born at Caroline Street, St Clement’s in 1884 and baptised at Cowley St John church on 8 October)
  • Lilian May Hedges, known as Lily (born in Headington Quarry on 11 September 1886 and baptised in the Methodist Chapel, Tyndale Street, East Oxford on 13 October)
  • William George Hedges (born in Headington Quarry on 15 January 1890 and baptised at New Inn Hall Street Wesleyan Chapel on 16 February)
  • Henry Hedges (born in Headington Quarry on 25 January 1894 and baptised in the Methodist Chapel, Tyndale Street, East Oxford on 18 April).

The 1891 census shows Harry’s father George Hedges (41) working as a brickyard kiln pug and living at The Square, Headington Quarry with Caroline (40) and their first three children: Laura (6), Lilian (4), and William (1). Harry was their youngest child, born in 1894.

At the time of the 1901 census Harry (7) was living in the Square at Headington Quarry with his father George (51), who was a brickyard labourer, his mother Caroline (50), and his sister Lily (14) and brother George (11). His sister Laura (16) had already left home and was working as a kitchenmaid at a lodging house at 12 & 13 Oriel Street in Oxford.

In 1911 Harry (17), described as a “Labourer in garden”, was living “Near the School” (possibly the same house as before) with his father George (61), his mother Caroline (60), and his brother William (21), who was currently an unemployed labourer. His sister Lilian (23) was now a nurse at the Wyke House Private Lunatic Asylum at Isleworth, Middlesex.

Poppy Harry Hedges volunteered to serve in the First World War and was a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 10292). He was killed in action at Flanders in Belgium at the age of 25 on 25 September 1915.

H. Hedges

 

 

Harry Hedges has no known grave, but is listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing as well as on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.

 

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


Postscript

Quarry memorial

Harry’s parents
  • George Joseph Hedges died at 17 Quarry Hollow (then St Mary’s Road) at the age of 73 and was buried at Holy Trinity churchyard on on 2 February 1924.
  • Mrs Caroline Harriet Hedges died at 17 Quarry Hollow at the age of 79 and was buried with her husband on 31 January 1931.
Harry’s sister
  • Lilian May Hedges (born 1886) is probably the Lilian Hedges who died at the age of 41 at Hill House in Sandhills and was buried at Holy Trinity churchyard on 29 June 1928.

See also

Back to Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry roll of honour

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website