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

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Private Albert Joseph Kislingbury

From: First World War in Headington & Marston Roll of Honour of Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry

“Joseph Albert Kislingbury (who as an adult appears to have switched his two forenames around to Albert Joseph) was born in Headington Quarry in 1894, the son of William Henry Kislingbury (born at Ipsden in Berkshire and baptised there on 31 August 1856) and Lucy Hockin (born in Oxford in c.1860). His parents had the following children:

* Matilda Ann Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 27 September 1885)
* Edith Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 26 June 1887)
* Ernest Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 28 July 1889)
* William Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 20 May 1891)
* Joseph Albert Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 24 June 1894)
* Edward George Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 9 August 1896)
* Leslie Arthur baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 31 July 1898)
* Henry Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 7 April 1901, died age 21 months, buried in the churchyard on 8 December 1902)
* Hannah Mary Kislingbury (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 31 January 1904).

Albert’s father was a bricklayer. The 1891 census reveals that the family lived at Main Road (now called Quarry High Street. They were at the same address in 1901, when young Albert is listed as a schoolboy of 6, and in 1911, when he was a 16-year-old labourer in the brickyard.

In the First World War Albert Kislingbury served as a Private in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 200927). He was killed in action in France aged 24 on 21 March 1918 and was buried at the Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon (V. E. 10). He is listed on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.

After the War

Kislingbury’s parents went to live in the house on Old Road on the eastern corner of York Road (then numbered 97).Joseph’s father died at the age of 72 and was buried at Holy Trinity churchyard on 11 February 1929; Lucy lived to the age of 76 and was buried with him on 5 May 1938. The words “Also of Albert Joseph, son of the above, killed at St. Quinton March 21st 1918 aged 23 years” were added to their grave. (The Commonwealth War Graves Commission recorded that he was 24.)

Joseph’s brother Leslie continued to live in the family house in Old Road until at least 1973.”

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