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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
South Oxfordshire
Town
Wheatley
County
Oxfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Alfred Bowman Yeates FRIBA
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 1974
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Dedicated
    Date: 8 February 1921
    Attended by: Archbishop of York,Bishop of Winchester
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
31795
Current location

In the old burial ground
opposite the King and Queen PH.
High St
Wheatley
South Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
GL7 5JE
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 10078 01008
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Magdalen College
    High St
    Oxford
    Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX1
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SP 520 061
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Stone cross with tapering octagonal shaft surmounting square plinth. Two-stepped stone base. Slate tablets.
Inscription
PRAISE GOD AND REMEMBER THE MEN/ WHO DIED FOR US IN THE GREAT WAR. 1914-1918/ North, north west and north east faces: (Names)/ South face: AND ALSO THOSE WHO DIED FOR US/ IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR/ 1939-1945/ (Names) North face:THIS MEMORIAL ONCE AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE COMMEMORATES THE INHABITANTS OF WHEATLEY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN TWO WORLD WARS/ 1974 West face: MCMXIV East face: MCMXVIII
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Avery, John
Barrett, Ernest
Barrett, William
Bizzell, Frederick
Busby, Joshua
Chapman, Gerald
Chiddington, George
Clements, James
Clements, William
Crick, Maurice
See details for all 36 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 36
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 36
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 9
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 9
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Slate
Listing information
  • Wheatley War Memorial
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
Early 1970s the original Wheatley cross (Our ref. 63487) was demolished as unsafe, and replaced by the cross from Magdalen, which originally had only the dates of WW1 in Roman numerals. When the WW2 names were included at Wheatley, forenames were added. In December of an unknown year in the 1980s the cross was snapped off by vandals, but restored six months later.
Costs

Comments: Cost of paving St John's quad was £2,000; it had previously been a lawn, and there was some opposition to situating the cross there: see references Brockliss and Roberts.
Memorial: £1,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Oct.1971: '..the College agreed to loan the cross indefinitely to the Wheatley branch of the Royal British Legion... It is not known how the British Legion came to make such an approach...' - D Roberts: 'Hidden Magdalen' (Oxford, 2008) p.42.
Reference
  • The Times 8 Feb. 1921 p.10;9 Feb.1921 pp,10,12,13; 10 Feb. 1921 p.7 8 Feb. 1921. description of cross 9 Feb. 1921. Report of dedication of cross in prsence of HRH The Prince of Wales, who unveiled the memorial tablets (Our ref. 31935). 10 Feb. 1921 architect identified as Alfred B Yeates, FRIBA
  • SONS OF THIS PLACE COMMEMORATION OF THE WAR DEAD IN OXFORD'S COLLEGES AND INSTITUTIONS by UTECHIN, PATRICIA p.55 Source: Image Library UKNIWM Published:ROBERT DUGDALE 1998 OXFORD Cross was officialy handed to Royal British Legion in 1971.
  • Oxford Mail 1980s (unknown date) Report of vandalism of cross.
  • The Oxford Magazine 21 June 1923 p.457 '..it is sad that its erection has led to the sacrifice of the beautiful grass; the stone paving is hard and unattractive.'

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