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Lance Corporal Edwin George Pipe

This is one of the saddest stories I have come across. Edwin was the youngest of four sons, all of whom fell. Their parents were William D. and Emma Pipe, of 9, Queen’s Rd., Beccles, Suffolk.

Name: Edwin George Pipe
Birth Place: Beccles, Suffolk
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 10 Sep 1917
Enlistment Location: Beccles, Suffolk
Rank: L/Corporal
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 200937

Rank:Lance Corporal
Service No:200937
Date of Death:10/09/1917
Age:21
Regiment/Service:Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry 2nd/4th Bn.
Panel ReferencePanel 96 to 98. Memorial TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

The following letter was sent by Lance Corporal Edwin George Pipe on 26th August 1917, a few weeks before he himself was killed. The letter was to the parents of Private Lewis Heath. The letter was kindly provided by Peter Heath.

Lance Corporal E. G. Pipe, B. Company Signals, B.E.F.

August 26th, 1917

Dear Mr & Mrs Heath

It is my very painful duty to inform you that your dear brave son was killed in Action on the morning of the 22nd. I send you my deepest sympathy and may almighty God comfort you in your great loss. I feel his loss greatly, a better lad one couldn’t find. We had reached our objective when he went with an important message to Battalion Head Quarters. I heard afterwards he got there in 10 minutes. Eager to do his duty he returned to come back when he was hit by shell fire. Our Lane Corporal Stretcher Bearer found him and was with him till the end. Before leaving us with the message he was with me It may comfort you to know that he did his duty bravely. I know how you must feel. It was only a few weeks back that a dear brother of mine was killed.  He was always a cheerful lad everyone liked him and we feel his loss very much. I again offer you my deepest sympathy. Believe Me.

Yours Sincerely

Edwin George Pipe

The brother he was referring to was William John Pipe. Two other brothers, Percy Dalby Pipe and Robert Henry Pipe died in 1918. They were the sons of William Dalby Pipe and Emma Starland.

William John Pipe

Rank: Private
Service No: 9764
Date of Death: 03/05/1917
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Honourable Artillery Company, 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Bay 1.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dalby Pipe, of 9, Queen’s Rd., Beccles, Suffolk; husband of Elizabeth Marion Pipe, of 47, Sutherland Rd., Tottenham, London.

Percy Dalby Pipe

Rank:Private
Service No:200938
Date of Death:21/03/1918
Age:32
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry 2nd/4th Bn.
Panel ReferencePanel 50 and 51.
Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL

Sergeant Robert Henry Pipe

Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 200939
Date of Death: 29/03/1918
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd/4th Bn.
Grave Reference II. B. 11.
Cemetery ETRETAT CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

From the Woodbridge, Suffolk Roll of Honour

Sergeant 200939, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died 29/03/1918. Age 26. Son of William Dalby Pipe and Emma Pipe of 9 Queen’s Road, Beccles, Suffolk. Buried at Etretat Churchyard Extension (near Le Havre).

From the Woodbridge Reporter dated 30th Jan 1919, there are details of Woodbridgians who fell in the Great War. Against Robert H Pipe it says:

Robert H Pipe, assistant teacher at the Council School, died of wounds received in action on 29th March 1918. He was 26 years of age and joined the forces in September 1914.

Please see:

The Attack on Pond Farm, 22nd August, 1917

The Attack On Pond Farm and Other Strong Posts, 21st -24th August 1917

Attack on Strongpoints, South East of St. Julian, 22nd August 1917

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)

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Lance Corporal James Radbone

Name: James Radbone
Residence: Oxford
Death Date: 16 Aug 1917
Rank: L/Corporal
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 201427
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

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.

Name: NORGROVE, STANLEY JOHN
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.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Private Thomas Barber

Name: BARBER, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 30
Date of Death: 15/08/1917
Service No: 204187
Additional information: Husband of Beatrice Barber, of 5, Bath Terrace, Chequers Walk, Birmingham.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Name: Thomas Barber
Birth Place: Walsall, Staffs
Residence: Birmingham
Death Date: 16 Aug 1917
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 204187
Type of Casualty: Killed in action

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