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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Albert Joseph KISLINGBURY (1894–1918)

Albert Kislingbury

Albert Joseph Kislingbury (originally named Joseph Albert Kislingbury) was born in Headington Quarry in 1894, the son of William Henry Kislingbury (born at Ipsden in Berkshire in 1851 and baptised there on 31 August) and Lucy Hockin or Hawkins (born in Jericho, Oxford in 1861).

Albert’s mother Lucy Hawkins gave birth to her first child just before her wedding to William Kislingbury, which took place in the Headington registration district in the fourth quarter of 1880. They had eleven children in all:

  • Lucy Kislingbury Hawkins (born in Headington Quarry in about October 1880, and although described at her baptism at Holy Trinity church on 28 November 1880 as the daughter of Lucy Hawkins, single woman, she was registered as Lucy Kislingbury after the wedding)
  • Eliza Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1883, reg. second quarter)
  • Matilda Ann Kislingbury, known as Tilly (born in Headington Quarry in 1885 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 27 September 1885)
  • Edith Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1887 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 26 June)
  • Ernest Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1889 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 28 July)
  • William Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1891 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 20 May)
  • Albert Joseph Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1894 and baptised as “Joseph Albert” at Holy Trinity Church on 24 June)
  • Edward George Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1896 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 9 August)
  • Leslie Arthur Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 31 July)
  • Henry Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in about February 1901 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 7 April 1901);
    died aged 21 months, buried in the churchyard on 8 December 1902)
  • Hannah Mary Kislingbury (born in Headington Quarry in 1903/4 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 31 January 1904).

Albert’s father was a bricklayer. At the time of the 1881 census he was living at The Pitts in Headington Quarry with his wife and their first child Lucy (with her surname recorded as Hockin), who was six months old.

By the time of the 1891 census Albert’s parents were living at Quarry High Street (then called Main Road) with their next four children: Eliza (8), Matilda (6), Edith (3), and Ernest (1). Albert Joseph Kislingbury himself was born in 1894. Their eldest daughter Lucy Hockin (10) had gone to live in Colchester with her childless uncle and aunt Bartholomew & Matilda Hockin.

At the time of the 1901 census Albert (6), still known as Joseph Albert, was at school (almost certainly Headington Quarry National School) and was living at Quarry High Street with his father William (44), who was a brickmaker, his mother Lucy (40), and his seven siblings Matilda (15), Edith (13), Ernest (11), William (8), Edward 4), Leslie (2), and Henry (one month). His sister Eliza (19) was now working as a between-maid at Stamford House in Radcliffe Square, Oxford.

At the time of the 1911 census Albert (16), again recorded as Joseph, was a brickyard labourer, living in Quarry High Street with his father William (54), who was still a brickmaker, his mother Lucy (50), and six of his eight surviving siblings: Matilda (25); Ernest (21) and William (19) who were carters; Edward (14), who was a printer’s labourer; and Leslie (12), and Hannah (7). Eliza (29) was now married, and Edith (23) was the general servant of the grocer & wine merchant Ernest Underhill of 15 St Clement’s. The missing sibling, Lucy Hockin, had died.

By 1915 the Kislingbury family had moved to the part of Old Road that lies in Quarry parish, probably the present No. 97 (where they were living in the 1920s).

Poppy In the First World War Albert Kislingbury volunteered to served in 1915, along with his brothers Ernest, William and Edward. He was a Private in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 200927), and was killed in action in France aged 24 on 21 March 1918.

He was buried at the Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon (V. E. 10), and is listed on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.

Kislingbury brothersFour Kislingbury brothers who all served in the same battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Albert (on the left) died; Ernest, Edward, and William survived

About twenty years after his death, the following words were added to his parents’ grave (shown below), with Albert Joseph Kislingbury’s age wrongly given as 23 instead of 24:

ALSO OF ALBERT JOSEPH,
SON OF THE ABOVE,
KILLED AT ST. QUINTON MARCH 21ST 1918
AGED 23 YEARS

Kislingbury grave, Holy Trinity


Postscript

Quarry memorial

Albert’s parents

They lived at the house now numbered 97 Old Road (on the eastern corner of York Road).

  • William Kislingbury died at the age of 72 and was buried at Holy Trinity churchyard on 11 February 1929.
  • Lucy Kislingbury died at the age of 76 and was buried with him on 5 May 1938.
Albert’s siblings
  • Eliza Kislingbury (born 1883) married the carriage proprietor Edward George Green in the Headington registration district in the third quarter of 1909. They initially lived in Pubrook, Hampshire, but had moved back to Titup by 1919. They had five children: Edith Mary Green (born in Pubrook on 8 October 1909 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Quarry on 31 October; Renee L. Green (born 1912/13), Florence F. Green (born 1914), Edward L. J. Green (born 1915); and Albert Joseph William Green (probably named after Eliza's dead brother, born in Titup on 26 January 1919 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 23 March).
  • Matilda Ann Kislingbury (born 1885) never married, and ran a shop at 123 Old Road (formerly numbered 35 Old Road). She died at 123 Old Road the age of 88 on 26 April 1975 and was buried in the same grave as Harry Bedoes Lambert, who had died at 123 Old Road at the age of 46 on 11 March 1929. He was the illegitimate son of Mary Anne Lambert, baptised at Holy Trinity on 24 September 1882 and adopted by Richard & Jane Kimber of Titup.
  • Edith Kislingbury (born 1887) married William F. Cooper in the Headington registration district in the second quarter of 1913. They had two sons whose births were reg. in the Headington district: William F. Cooper (1913) and Reginald C. Cooper (1914).
  • Ernest Kislingbury (born 1889) married Mary Kerry at St Mary's Church, Banbury on 5 April 1917. The births of their two children were reg. in the Oxford district: Louisa L. Kislingbury (1936) and Lorna L. L. Kislingbury (1938). Ernest Kislingbury was landlord of the Six Bells in Headington Quarry from 1926 to 1929. He died on 2 May 1950 at the age of 50 and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard and his wife Mary died at the age of 86 on 17 August 1979 and was buried with him.
  • William Kislingbury (born 1891) married Laura Ann Surman at Horspath on 2 August 1919. They lived in Titup and had two children baptised at Holy Trinity Church: Joseph Alfred William Kislingbury (baptised on 25 April 1920) and Doris May Kislingbury (born on 25 February 1921 and baptised on 9 March 1921).
  • Edward George Kislingbury (born 1896) worked as a monotype attendant. He married Rose Poole at Holy Trinity Church on 21 April 1924, and the birth of their daughter Eileen R. K. Poole was registered in the Leighton Buzzard district in the fourth quarter of 1924.
  • Leslie Arthur Kislingbury (born 1898) does not appear to have married. He continued to live in the family house at 97 Old Road until at least 1973.

See also

Back to Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry roll of honour

Back to War Memorials page on Headington Community Website