Other names: Harold George
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetShirley, Southampton, HampshireFordingbridge, HampshireGallipoli, TurkeyHelles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Story: Harold George Oxford was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1881 and baptised there on 5th June 1881, the son of Fred Oxford and Elizabeth Jane Oxford (née Lovell), a local family. He lived his early childhood in Melbury Abbas but, by 1901, had moved to Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, where his father had employment in the Docks. Harold married Alice Margaret Wayman in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, in the Apr/Jun Quarter of 1915. He had enlisted with the 10th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 10307). He served at Gallipoli and was presumed killed in action on 10th August 1915 within weeks of his marriage. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, and on the church screen at St. Mary the Virgin in Fordingbridge. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.