Blog

Street names mark the sacrifice of First World War village heroes


November 13, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Local Cotswold News


Two new housing developments in Long Hanborough will feature streets named after soldiers from the village who died in the First World War.

The names have been taken from the village war memorial and will be used for seven streets at the Hanborough Gate development and two in the Church Road scheme to mark the centenary of the end of the War.

One of the streets, Norridge Way in Church Road, is named after Private William Norridge who died at Flanders in 1918. His niece, June Hawkins, still lives in the village, just yards from the new development.

Mrs Hawkins said: “Although they never talked about the War, I know my father and grandmother would be so proud of the street being named after William. It will help people remember the sacrifice he made along with so many others.”

The idea for the names came from Long Hanborough resident Janet Witcomb, a local historian and volunteer researcher at the Soldiers of Oxford Museum in Woodstock.

She said: “I used to be on the parish council and was on the committee for the war memorial. I often looked at the names and decided to find out more about them and last year went to France to locate many of their graves.

“There is so much interest with the centenary of the War with so many people wanting to find out more about their relatives that it seemed only right to pay tribute to them in this way.”

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing and Development, said: “We owe so much to those who gave their lives in the First World War and we should never forget the sacrifice they made for our freedom.

“This is a fitting way to ensure these names and what they mean to Long Hanborough are remembered for generations to come.”

The street names are as follows:

Hanborough Gate:

·        Willis Court: After Pte George Willis, 7th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, died in Flanders 6 October 1915

·        Gessey Close: After Pte James Gessey, 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, died at home 12 July 1917

·        Greenway Lane: After Pte Arthur Greenway, Eighth Territorial Battalion, Royal Warwickshire  Regiment, died at Flanders, 27 August 1917

·        Langford Way: After Lance Corporal Frederick Langford, Grenadier Guards 4th Battalion, died 27 September 1918

·        Long Place: After Pte Sidney Long, 4th Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, died at Flanders, 15 April 1916

·        Payne Place: After Albert Payne, Private, 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, died in Mespotamia, 06 May 1916

·        Pittick Close: After Alfred Pittick, Rifleman, 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade

Church Road:

·        Norridge Way: After Pte William J Norridge, 2nd Battalion of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire regiment), died at Flanders, 8 May 1918

·        Woodward Lane: After Pte George Woodward, 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, died in Mesopotamia 19 October 1916.