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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Aubrey Victor HORWOOD (1897–1918)

Aubrey Horwood

Aubrey Victor Bertie Horwood was born in Headington Quarry in September 1897, the son of Albert Horwood (born in New Headington in 1873 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 2 March) and Alice Sarah Coppock (born in Quarry in 1873 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 30 November).

His parents were married at Holy Trinity Church on 14 March 1894 and had three children:

  • Violet Hilda Olive Horwood (born at Headington Quarry in 1895 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 19 September); died aged eleven months and buried in that churchyard on 30 July 1896)
  • Aubrey Victor Bertie Horwood (born at Headington Quarry in September 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 31 October 1897)
  • Raymond Stuart Charles Horwood (born at Headington Quarry in 1900 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 28 October).

At the time of the 1901 census Aubrey (3) was living in Quarry High Street (then called Main Street) with his father Albert (28), who was a builder's labourer, his mother Alice (27) and his brother Raymond (three months). Aubrey was already attending school (almost certainly Headington Quarry National School).

In 1911 Aubrey (13) was an errand boy in a cycle shop (probably Sydney Prior’s shop on the London Road), living at “Old Road Cottage” in Quarry with his father Albert (38), who was still a builder's labourer, his mother Alice (37), and his brother Raymond (10). Aubrey was a server at St Andrew’s Church before the war.

Poppy In the First World War Aubrey Victor Horwood volunteered to serve. He enlisted on 17 May 1915 as a company bugler. He served in France for fourteen months followed by eight months in Italy, and was a runner, boxer, and footballer in his company. At the time of his death he was a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 201737) and operating a Lewis machine gun.

Aubrey Horwood

 

Aubrey Victor Horwood was killed in action in Italy at the age of 20 on 15 June 1918.

He is buried in the Boscon British Cemetery (Plot 2, Row A, Grave 13). He is listed on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, and the following words were to his parents’ grave (left):

ALSO OF
AUBREY VICTOR
THEIR BELOVED SON
KILLED IN ACTION IN ITALY
JUNE 15TH 1918
AGED 20
AT REST – HIS DUTY DONE


Postscript

Quarry memorial

Aubrey’s parents
  • Albert Horwood died at the age of 50 at 3 Beaumont Road on 3 April 1923.
  • Mrs Alice Horwood had moved to the present 129 Old Road (then numbered 55) by 1925. She was still living there when she died at the age of 86 on 3 August 1960.

Both are buried in Holy Trinity churchyard in the grave shown above, with a stone cross that now lies flat on the grave.

Aubrey’s brother
  • Raymond Stuart Charles Horwood (born 1900) married Mary Preston at Holy Trinity Church on 30 May 1925. At the time of his marriage he was living with his mother at the present 129 Old Road and working as a driller.

See also

Back to Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry roll of honour

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website