We are a community history project and have been researching the lives of the 37 men from the parishes of New and South Hinksey, Oxford, who were killed in World War 1 and who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour in the parish church of St John the Evangelist, New Hinksey. We're also interested in the history of New and South Hinksey and the impact of the war on the men and women who lived there, and who served in the forces and returned.
South Hinksey was a village in Berkshire, separated from New Hinksey by the railway line. New Hinksey was a settlement that grew up in the mid-nineteenth century to provide housing for workers on the railway and at the waterworks (now the South Oxford Community Centre and Hinksey Park). In the 1890s further housing was built, extending the southernmost boundary of Oxford city to Sunningwell Road. The two parishes, each served by its own church, shared a vicar who lived in New Hinksey.
The largest contingent of men served in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (OBLI) as ordinary soldiers. They and their families worked in a variety of trades, representing the business of the city: printing, the railway, the waterworks, the police, the boatyard, tailoring and retail businesses. A few of them worked in the colleges, but several had rural occupations: ostlers, saddlers and even a shepherd. These were country boys who joined up and they served in most of the main theatres of war: France, Belgium, and Mesapotamia (Iraq).
The biographies of these men are posted on this
website, while the book tells the story of the
community in which they lived.
'The 37 Men of New and South Hinksey'
(Illustrated throughout, 24 x 17cm, paperback,
Available through: firstname.lastname@example.org