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Stan Smith, reported missing in WWII

  • BCA - 2021.2564
  • Item
  • November 1st 1944

This letter, dated November 1st 1944 was send by Stan Smith's commanding officer to Stan's father informing him that Stan was missing but may be a POW. He was a POW and near the end of the was became one of the POWs who took part in the what became known as the Long March. They were marched from East Germany keeping ahead of the advancing Russians. Stan walked almost 1,000 miles. He survived.

Bampton Community Archive

Soldier in WW1 Uniform

  • BCA - 2022.3752
  • Item
  • 1914-1918

Soldier in Military Uniform
possibly Ernest Daniels

Janet Westman

Peter Davis and his exhibition in the Old Grammar School about Witney Airfield 2015

  • BCA - 2019.1942
  • Item
  • summer 2015

Witney Gazette June 24th 2015.

Peter Davis from Church Street put on a detailed and very interesting exhibition for the Bampton Community Archive in the Old Grammar School, Church Close about the Witney Airfield. The only suggestion of an airfield in the area now is in the names of three local roads, De Havilland Way, Range Road and Richard Jones Road.

Damaged Spitfires and Hurricanes aircraft damaged during WWII were serviced here. The airfield was important in both WWI and WWII. It opened in 1918 and closed in 1951.

The site was used as an RAF training unit, a base for tennis, horse racing and motorcycle speedway as well as for Witney and Oxford Aero Club and Witney Aeronautical College.

The catalogue of this exhibition, full of really interesting photos of the airfield is still on sale in the Vesey room.

Bampton Community Archive

Jack and Godfrey Horne in fancy dress in 1924

  • BCA - 2019.1972
  • Item
  • 1924

Jack and Godfrey Horne in fancy dress in 1924.Godfrey Horne was killed in action in France. He was in one of the Guards regiments in WWII

Bampton Community Archive

Instructions for wearing the ribbon; WWII medal

  • BCA - 2017.1090
  • Item
  • 1939-1945

This letter and piece of ribbon was sent to Dor Thompson, World War Two and explains how the ribbon should be used with the medal.

Bampton Community Archive

Exhibition of WW1 held in Vesey Room

  • BCA - 2022.3735
  • Item
  • February 2004

Public looking at exhibits of WW1 memorabilia held in Bampton Museum Vesey room 2004

Janet Westman

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