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Eynsham War Memorial 11 Nov 2022 The Fallen of Eynsham, immortalized on our village War Memorial


Our War Memorial next to St Leonard's church in the village square, commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by many men from our village in the two World Wars. They are buried where they died in foreign fields, or have no known grave. All are commemorated in Commonweath War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries overseas.

Those not on our War Memorial may be remembered on Roles of Honour in our village churches; and for those who died of wounds back in "Blighty", on CWGC headstones in our village church yards.

Our war dead were not usually repatriated to this country for burial until the Falklands War of 1982, when policy changed.

Our War Memorial was set up after the First World War 1914-18, paid for by subscriptions from parishioners. The Trustees of Eynsham War Memorial Committee purchased the freehold land from the brewery owning the Red Lion pub, for £5 0s 0d ("old money") in 1921. Our War Memorial was dedicated on Saturday 2 April 1921 (100 years ago last year). It was re-dedicated on Sunday 19 April 2009.

Our War Memorial immortalizes 50 men from this parish killed in the First World War 1914-1918 (then known as The Great War or the war to end all wars).

On the West Face:

Captain Rene F Gosset

Second Lieutenant Basil B Vincent

William T Ayres

Philip Barker

Frank Bennett

Joseph Bennett

George F Brooks

Frederick T Holliday


On the North Face:

Harry Biggars

Christopher L Brooks

Noble C Brooks

Alexander W Buckingham

Francis E Buckingham

Cecil Capel

Gilbert Clarke

Herbert J Cox

Robert Dean

Arthur Douglas

Hubert Druce

William A Fidler

Reginald Gibbard

Frederick J Gibbons

Frederick H Grant

Albert J Green

Frederick Green

Stanley A Green

Frederick T Hall

Bertie S Harper

Horatio Harper


On the South Face:

Elijah Harris

Joseph Harris

Walter T Harris

Richard W Harwood

William Hathaway

William Hirons

Albert J Holloway

Henry J Holloway

John T James

George L S Jeffereys

Herbert W Kearse

Bert Leach

Henry Lindsay

Samuel Moulder

Percy Rowland

Edwin J Rusher

Edwin W Russell

Caleb J Sherwood

William Styles

Thomas Wakeley

Bertie H Wood


Our War Memorial also immortalizes 18 men from this parish killed in the Second World War 1939-45:

On the West Face:

Lieutenant Harry C Green

James Bayliss

James Booker

Harry T Burden

Cecil A Cattell

Malcolm K Christie

Herbert J Claridge

Robert Drew

Albert W J Evans

William J Hardwick

Thomas H Hopkins

Lawrence Lay

Hubert F May

Reginald F Quainton

Arthur A Snook

Ivor W State

Walter J Walker

Graham F Whelan


Many of the men commemorated will have family still living in the village. We commiserate with them for their loss.


Eynsham RBL Branch would be interested to hear from anyone who has an ancestor commemorated on the Eynsham War Memorial.


Contact RBL Eynsham Branch:

Mr Ginge AYRES ginge1@netvigator.com




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