Cowley Road Methodist Church Centre

Those remembered (E-L)

Frederick Charles Edginton was the only son of Edward and Emma Edginton of Crescent Road, Cowley.  He worked as a compositor at the Church Army Press in Oxford.  He played in the Church Army Press cricket and football teams and was a member of the choir at Wesley Hall. 

He joined the Territorials in September 1914 and became a Lance Corporal in the 2nd/4th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.  He was invalided home in Autumn 1916 but returned to France on Christmas Day.  He was killed in action near St Julien in Belgium during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) on 22 August 1917 at the age of 26.

 Tyne Cot memorialFrederick Edginton is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Zonnebeke, Belgium.  This memorial bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men who died in the Ypres Salient from August 1917 onwards and whose graves are not known.


Sidney George Hieatt was the son of Ransom and Elizabeth Hieatt of Cowley Road.  He played in the band at the Brotherhood meetings at Wesley Hall.

He became a Lance Corporal in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.  The Oxford Times reported that he was killed by a sniper at Ypres in Belgium on 16 August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), whilst attending the wounded.  He was 22 years old.  The Battalion had been involved in a dawn attack and had met strong resistance from the Germans.  That day the Battalion had 65 men killed and 105 wounded. 

Sidney Hieatt is also commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Zonnebeke, Belgium. 

Albert Henry Hobbs was the only son of William and Sarah Hobbs of Bullingdon Road and the husband of Irene Hobbs of Bartlemas Road.  

He served as a gunner in the 12th Mountain Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery.  He died on 30 November 1918 aged 35 from septicaemia in Alexandria, Egypt.  He was buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel.  

Arthur Herbert Jordan was the only son of Joseph and Emily Jordan of Iffley.  The Oxford Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Magazine recorded that he was a regular member of the congregation at Wesley Hall. 

As a certified hospital dispenser, he became a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  He drowned on 18 May 1916, aged 21, when training on Salisbury Plain.  He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Oxford and is also commemorated on the war memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Iffley.

Frederick Albert Keen was the son of Mark Keen, a retired policeman, and his wife, Emma. He was born in Oxford and lived in James Street as a child.   Before he joined the army, he worked in London.  He was married to Emily. 

Frederick Keen was a Private in the 16th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment.  He died of his wounds near Arras in France on 27 May 1917 at the age of 31. He was buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France, which was near the 8th Casualty Clearing Station.

Herbert George Lee was the eldest son of Henry and Margaret Lee of Temple Street and the husband of Agnes Lee of Lake Street.   He was baptised at William Street Wesleyan Chapel on 27 November 1892.  He may have been the Bertie Lee who laid one of the foundation stones of Wesley Hall in 1903 as a representative of the Sunday School scholars.

Herbert Lee served as a Private in the Welsh Guards.  The Oxford Journal Illustrated of 17 April 1918 reported that he had been wounded.  He died in the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford on 12 November 1919 aged 27.  

Francis John Liddell was born on 13 August 1874, the son of Samson and Eliza Liddell of Temple Street.  He was baptised on 11 November that year at Wesley Memorial Church.  The 1901 census records that he was a wholesale clothes cutter.  He lived in Bullingdon Road with his wife Sarah.

He became a Company Serjeant Major with C Company, 2nd/4th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and was killed in action in France on 31 March 1918 at the age of 43.  He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial on the Somme.  The memorial commemorates over 14000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who fell in France during the retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918.  He is also commemorated on the war memorial plaque at Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford.


  • Cowley Road
  • Oxford
  • OX4 1BN