Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Private Stanley John Norgrove

From: First World War in Headington & Marston Roll of Honour of All Saints Church, Highfield

“Stanley John Norgrove was born at 1 Western Road in south Oxford in 1898/9, the son of William James Norgrove (born in Oxford in 1862, birth registered third quarter) and Hannah Rebecca Harper, known as Annie (born in Eynsham, birth registered in the first quarter of 1863). His parents were married at St Aldate’s Church on 10 October 1892 and had the following children:

* William George Norgrove (born at 1 Western Road, Oxford in 1894; died aged 9 months, with funeral at St Aldate’s Church on 19 August 1895)
* Herbert Norgrove (born in Oxford in c.1895)
* Percival Charles Norgrove (born at 1 Western Road, Oxford on 22 October 1897, privately baptised via St Aldate’s Church on 6 November 1897; died aged 17 days, with funeral at St Aldate’s on 9 November 1897)
* Stanley John Norgrove (born at 1 Western Road, Oxford, birth registered in first quarter of 1899).

Stanley’s father was a baker at 1 Western Road, south Oxford. He died at the age of 36 and his funeral was at St Aldate’s Church on 25 May 1899. The 1901 census shows that Stanley’s mother Hannah had taken over the business, and was living over the shop with her two surviving sons, plus a boarder and a servant girl. Stanley was then just two.

In the first quarter of 1902 Stanley’s mother Hannah married her second husband, Frederick Percy, in the Oxford Registration District. Her second marriage only lasted seven years, as Hannah Percy died at the age of 44 in the third quarter of 1909 in the Headington Registration District.

Thus Stanley was orphaned at the age of ten. He did not remain with his stepfather, but came up to Headington to live with his uncle and aunt in Lime Walk: the 1911 census shows him as a twelve-year-old schoolboy living with his mother’s brother, George Harper, who was a market gardener, his wife Esther, and their own three children.

In the First World War Stanley John Norgrove served as a Private first in the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars (Service No. 3178) and then in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 203625). He was killed in action in Belgium at the age of 18 on 16 August 1917 and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, and on the Roll of Honour of All Saints Church, Highfield.
After the War

Stanley’s uncle George Harper died at the age of 73 at 47 Lime Walk (now renumbered 85) and was buried at Headington Cemetery on 2 June 1934. His wife Esther died at the age of 74 at 239 Iffley Road and was buried with him on 3 April 1939.”

Name: Stanley John Norgrove
Birth Place: Oxford
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 16 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Headington, Oxon
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 203625
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 3178, Q.O.O.H.

Initials: S J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 19
Date of Death: 16/08/1917
Service No: 203625
Additional information: Son of the late William James and Annie Norgrove, of Western Rd., Grandpont, Oxford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.


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