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Evacuees to Bampton 1940 and Shirley Boyce's Memoir

  • BCA - 2022.3941
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  • 1940-43

Shirley Boyce was an Evacuee to Bampton during World War II and has written an account of her time in Bampton staying at a Manor House (Weald Manor?). Which had been divided into flats. She later stayed in Aston. The photo is of evacuated children from Bow, London playing in the grounds of Weald Manor in 1940. Two boys Kenny Howe and Leslie Tucker were billeted in New Road with Mr and Mrs Whighting?

Janet Westman

Sale for Ukrainian refugees

  • BCA - 2022.3828
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  • March 12th 2022

With almost 2 million refugees from the war in Ukraine and many more still desperately trying to get out of the country, a sale was held in the Village Hall on Saturday March 12th 2022 to raise funds to purchase essential items for these desperate people.

Janet Rouse

Oxford Mail 75th Anniversary Edition VE Day

  • BCA - 2022.3866
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  • 2020

Special Edition for 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Articles about how people celebrated VE Day at the end of the War 2 in and around Oxford.

Janet Westman

Call to fund a national memorial for our Ox & Bucks D-Day heroes. Autumn 2015

  • BCA - 2019.1969
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  • Autumn 2015

Witney Gazette, autumn 2015. Call to fund a national memorial for our Ox & Bucks D-Day heroes. Fitting tribute: The design for the memorial to the 2nd Battalion D Company of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry’s heroic Pegasus Bridge operation

Bampton Community Archive

Brigadier Rupert Crowdy celebrated his 105th birthday March 13th 2015

  • BCA - 2019.1934
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  • March 13th 2015

Brigadier Rupert Crowdy OBE served in the army in India and Burma and afterwards he organised the 'shipping' of coal into Berlin during the Berlin Siege. In 1962 he was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Queen.

Bampton Community Archive

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

  • BCA - 2019.1942
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  • 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

Service of Remembrance by the War Memorial August 4th 2014

  • BCA - 2022.3821
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  • August 4th 2014

On August 4th 2014 a short service of Remembrance was held by the War Memorial in the Market Square, in remembrance of the outbreak of WWI. Reverend David Battersby conducted the service and Gary Gummer held the Standard of the Royal British Legion.

Janet Rouse

Military Funeral of Marine Jason Mackie 2009 - Afghanistan War

  • BCA - 2022.3903
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  • 2009

Photos of the Military Funeral of Jason Mackie held in St. Mary's Church Bampton on 4th June 2009.
Reverend Philip Francis took the service. PDF includes letter of condolence from Prince Philip, Captain General Royal Marines. and a letter from the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the order of service.

Janet Westman

Constance Irene de Hamel Aug 10th 1916 to November 20th 2009

  • BCA - 2017.1075
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  • November 20th 2009

This is the funeral program from the church service for Constance Irene de Hamel. Constance did many things but is possibly best known for being a continuity announcer during WWII.

Bampton Community Archive

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