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Visiting the E H Shepard Archives In September our Collections Manager Peggy visited the University of Surrey archives to see their E H Shepard archives, with a view to a potential exhibition at SOFO in 2023. The initial research follows the story of Shepard during his service with the Royal Artillery in the Great War, and explores the stories of other creatives who served in the Army. Peggy said of…

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Stories from the SOFO Archives: Flight Lieutenant Bernard “Pop” Green RAFVR, MC Decorated Great War Officer in the Ox & Bucks, and in the Second World War, a Great Escaper and Long March Survivor Bernard Green from Bourne End, Bucks survived both the Great War and the Second World War – just. 2nd Lieutenant Bernard Green served with distinction in the First World War at Ypres, and on the Somme…

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The Black Soldiers of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Regiments 1782-1831 (John D Ellis) Marking Black History Month 2020, we’re publishing a series posts by John D Ellis, researcher, historian and educator specialising in race and ethnicity in Britain and Ireland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. John’s research sheds light on little-known stories of black soldiers serving with the forerunners to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. This final part looks at the stories of a few…

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The Black Soldiers of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Regiments 1782-1831 (John D Ellis) Marking Black History Month 2020, we’re publishing a series posts by John D Ellis, researcher, historian and educator specialising in race and ethnicity in Britain and Ireland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. John’s research sheds light on little-known stories of black soldiers serving with the forerunners to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. This second part goes into more detail about…

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The Black Soldiers of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Regiments 1782-1831 (John D Ellis) Marking Black History Month 2020, we’re publishing a series posts by John D Ellis, researcher, historian and educator specialising in race and ethnicity in Britain and Ireland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. John’s research sheds light on little-known stories of black soldiers serving with the forerunners to the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.   In the eighteenth century the fashion for…

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Research Enquiry Fees for research are levied on a not-for-profit basis and are used to fund the conservation and maintenance of the museum and its archives. The charge for a Basic Enquiry is £50.00, or £100 for a more detailed Advanced Enquiry. Fees are paid in advance, but you will be contacted and your payment refunded (less a £10 administration fee) if we find we are unable to complete a research…

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County War MemorialsHow was your town or village affected?Memorials in towns and villages tell us what people felt at the time.There are about 100 free-standing war memorials in the county and scores of other plaques, gates, panels and other kinds.  190 churches in the county have memorials, some have several.Where a church and a war memorial are shown on the list below, the memorial is in addition to anything in…

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Second World War German Air Attacks on OxfordshireWas your home town bombed in WWII?Below are a series of  images from the maps drawn up by F.C. Condon, the Chief BRO (Bomb Recording Officer) in Oxfordshire in 1945. Unwatermarked, high-res versions of these maps can also be purchased from SOFO. Oxfordshire Bombing TotalsThis shows that there were 3831 bombs of all types dropped over Oxfordshire, causing 20 deaths and 60 other casualties, as…

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Oxfordshire’s VCs The Victoria Cross (VC) is Britain’s highest award for valour in the face of the enemy.  Instituted after the Crimean War, during which the public first generally became aware of the courage that many soldiers showed in action, it has been awarded 1356 times, three of those awards to previous recipients. Listed below are those recipients who had a connection with Oxfordshire. Some were born or lived in the county,…

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