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One hundred years ago a terrible conflict enveloped Europe, claiming the lives of millions. Over the next four years we will be remembering the First World War, bringing you the stories of the sacrifices of our troops, how life was here on the home front and how our county is commemorating the centenary. We also want to hear your stories, whether it is events now to mark the Great War or stories about your relatives' service. Please contact us via the Tell Us Your Stories button on the navigation bar above.

Wantage residents will have their war relations' diaries preserved online

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4:30pm Saturday 18th October 2014

WANTAGE residents are being urged to dig out their great grandfathers’ diaries for a First World War roadshow.

Lives of 25 young soldiers recorded in Brightwell Cum Sotwell display

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4:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THE names and lives of 25 young men who died have been hung around their village church.

Owner preserves rare munitions building found in town

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12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A FIRST World War munitions factory building discovered in the heart of Banbury is to be preserved for future generations.

War diaries - 'The troops were unaware of the bloodshed to come'

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10:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

Continuing our series of extracts from the war diary and regimental chronicle of the 2nd Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, transcribed by volunteer Steve Berridge

Three generations retrace footsteps of family’s hero

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5:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

THREE generations of a family have retraced the journey of their Oxford war hero ancestor through France and Belgium.

Uni students can take aim to enrol in young officers’ corps

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7:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014

AS people from across the county remember the centenary of the First World War, one Army group is hoping its illustrious past will help it recruit new members.

Exhibition pulls no punches to honour war dead

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6:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

FROM soldiers killed by poisonous gas to horses massacred in battle, a new exhibition is not intended to cover the horrors of war lightly.

‘Turning the Pages’ for the county’s fallen war heroes

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3:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

FALLEN soldiers from Oxfordshire will be remembered at a special ceremony in Oxford at the weekend.

Soldier's son keen to return medals to family of veteran

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7:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

FOR the last 20 years Michael Quirke has kept a box of Great War medals and badges in an old tobacco tin in his cabinet.

War Diaries - retreating as the Germans advance

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10:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Continuing our series of extracts from the war diary of the 2nd Ox and Bucks Light infantry as the British Expeditionary Force was pushed back by the Germans

Victoria Cross hero’s Oxford grave to be renovated by charity

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6:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE grave of a Victoria Cross war hero is to be restored after a forces charity was alerted to its state by the Oxford Mail.

Enemy forces tested regiment to the limit

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5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ONE hundred years ago this week the realities of war were brought home to the men of the 2nd Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment (OBLI). The unit was one of the first sent to France to take the war to the Germans, but as events unfolded around them they found themselves in headlong retreat. Mark McKay reports

‘Death penny’ may unlock riddle of unknown soldier

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7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A BRONZE coin could unlock the mystery of a man who appears on a North Oxford First World War memorial but not in official records.

Theatre stages First World War plays

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1:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE First World War is set to come to life for modern audiences at the Oxford Playhouse theatre this autumn.

War diaries: from a green and pleasant land to the Western Front

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5:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ON the day Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, the war diary for the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 2nd Battalion had a succinct entry, writes Mark McKay.

Descendant honours fallen great-grandad

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10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE great-grandson of an Oxfordshire man who was killed in the First World War will travel to France next week to visit the village where he was killed.

Writer chronicles sacrifices made by people in conflict

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5:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MUSEUM volunteer has put pen to paper to describe the sacrifices made by county residents during the First World War.

Anniversary book records Iffley’s role in Great War

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7:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A HISTORY society has celebrated its 20th birthday with a book about Iffley’s role in the First World War.

Explosive start for Oxfordshire's car-making industry

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5:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

From its fledgling car factory to a massive munitions operation, Oxfordshire workers toiled hard to keep troops at the front lines supplied during the First World War.

Teachers present lessons learned in trench warfare

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6:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE horrors of trench warfare were brought to life in Abingdon this week by two secondary school teachers.

Embedding memories of life in wartime

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5:30am Thursday 7th August 2014

WAR was the focus for flowerbeds in Witney as part of the town’s entry in a national floral competition.

Bishop’s blessing for town hall’s windows

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12:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A STAINED glass window marking Britain’s entry into the First World War was blessed by the Bishop of Dorchester on Monday.

Tribute to the Fallen at service

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12:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

IFFLEY’S Fallen were remembered at a service in St Mary’s Church, Mill Lane.

Sacrifices are kept alive by younger generation

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12:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

TWO brothers learnt a little bit more about the Great War by helping out during a ceremony in South Hinksey.

The bells ring out

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12:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

AN 80-strong congregation marked their respects to the Fallen at an evening church service in West Hanney.

Diary’s insight into the life of a prisoner of war

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5:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

GEORGE Whittaker wrote in his diary almost every day after he fell captive to the Germans one afternoon in March 1918.

Hubbub of tourists fell quiet for remembrance

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8:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE normal hubbub of tourists visiting Christ Church Cathedral fell silent yesterday as serving soldiers and veterans gathered to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Candles light darkest hour: service reflects on ultimate sacrifice made by so many

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8:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

PRAYERS, songs and readings were heard by candlelight in a special service at Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral last night.

Towns and villages pay respects

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8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Memorial rededicated

Villagers urged to think about peaceful solutions

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8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THIS village church yesterday invited its parishioners to consider how similar our world is to the world of 1914.

Honouring 1,300 comrades from just one town who served in the Great War

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8:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE NAMES of every man from Abingdon who went to fight in the Great War – more than 1,300 – were read out in a single ceremony last night.

Bringing home the truth of how many men were killed

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7:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

PARISHIONERS at St Frideswide Church in Osney attended a service at noon for those lost in the First World War, marking the homes of local soldiers on a street map.

Trinity College remembers its war dead in verse

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6:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

IT was a sombre occasion in Trinity College’s chapel yesterday, as people came together to remember the alumni who died in the First World War 100 years ago.

Brother saw sibling killed during tragic 1917 battle

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6:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

A WAR veteran whose uncle died fighting in the First World War said a remembrance service was a fitting tribute to his relative.

Relatives play their part in First World War exhibition

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6:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S First World War past came to life on Saturday when relatives of soldiers remembered their sacrifice at the official opening of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (SOFO).

News Feature: All quiet on Western Front...then shellfire

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5:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

The men who marched away from Oxfordshire to serve their country at the front are being remembered at a new exhibition. Mark McKay and Pete Hughes find out more

Why we must never forget their bravery and sacrifice

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10:00am Monday 4th August 2014

AS the nation marks the 100 years since the start of the First World War today, Major Terry Roper, chairman of the Oxford branch of the Royal Green Jackets Association, explains why it is so important to remember those who served and lost their lives in the conflict. He has organised a Turning the Pages ceremony today to pay tribute to soldiers who fought and died in the war.

A look back at summer 1914: All kinds of products were still on sale

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5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

IT WAS business as usual for Oxford shops as war approached. The summer sales were coming to an end and shop managers were keen to extract those last few coppers from housewives’ purses to fill their tills.

A look back at summer 1914: War inevitable but county life carries on regardless

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5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE people of Oxfordshire were determined not to let the threat of war in 1914 disrupt their normal way of life. There was a full cricket programme, with teams competing for the Telegraph and Airey Cups, while Oxford City took on the mayor, Alderman the Rev W Sherwood, and the Corporation at bowls.

A look back at summer 1914:

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5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHAT was life like as war approached in 1914? By all accounts, people were determined to carry on as usual.

Town is all set to remember each one of its 82 local heroes

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5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE names of 82 men on a town’s war memorial will be read out before a church service to mark the First World War’s centenary.

Student nurse Inspired to go higher by Great War heroine Edith Cavell

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12:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

IT was an act of selfless heroism that symbolised the qualities that still endear nurses to the British people.

Recalling brave young men who went to war

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5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A NEW exhibition at Charlbury Museum charts the lives of young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. Mark McKay reports

Schoolchildren create a giant poppy with pride

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8:20am Saturday 5th July 2014

SOLDIERS and suffragettes invaded a school as pupils learned what life was like on the Western Front and the Home Front during the First World War.

Family myth helps mum print book

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11:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MOST stories about our grandfathers might inspire fond memories.

From Downing Street to trenches of Flanders

Banbury Cake: Mike Webb, who has curated the exhibition, with his accompanying book From Downing Street to the Trenches

5:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

AS THIS year’s centenary of the First World War loomed, staff at the Bodleian Library realised they had a duty to mark the anniversary.

Giving tech-savvy teens an insight into life in wartime

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7:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

WALTER Carter just updated his Facebook status: “Imagine wars being fought in the sky… that would be a thrill.”

New military museum engages children's attention

Banbury Cake: Tristan Mattews, 11, plays with a traditional toy at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

6:30am Thursday 19th June 2014

PLAYING with the traditional toy of a wooden cup and ball, Tristan Matthews learns about the First World War.

Casting off becomes act of remembrance

Banbury Cake: From left, Mary Muncey, Emma Henderson, Jackie Flynn, Clive Dudley and Nicola Dudley

3:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

PEOPLE usually wear paper poppies as an act of remembrance, but this year they will be able to buy wool ones.

Anger as thieves raid memorial plot in Witney

Banbury Cake: From left, Guides’ members Lyn Goodall, Denise Parrott and Margaret Fleetwood at Tower Hill cemetery where shrubs have been stolen from memorial to those who fell in the First World War   	               Picture: OX67768 Mark Hemsworth

3:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

THIEVES who stole shrubs from a garden commemorating fallen soldiers have no respect, say the volunteers behind the memorial.


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