OXENDALE, ROBERT S / 27853 Rifleman 16th Battalion 117th Brigade 39th Division

THE RIFLE BRIGADE (THE PRINCE CONSORT’S OWN)

Born Farington  Enlisted Leyland  Living Farington

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  22nd June 1917

Ref:  ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 74.

Preston Guardian Sat. 30th June 1917

A report has been received that Pte Robert Oxendale, East Street, Farington, has been killed in action in France.

Preston Guardian Sat. 11th August 1917

Farington Soldier Killed: Mr T. Oxendale, 6 East Street, Farington, has received intimation of the death in action on July (sic) 22nd of his only son Pte R. Oxendale, Rifle Brigade. He was 20 years of age and joined the Loyal North Lancs. Regiment in May 1916 afterwards being transferred to the Rifle Brigade.

He attended St. Paul’s Church, Farington and was a member of the Church Lads Brigade. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Messrs J. Baxter Ltd., rubber manufacturers, Leyland (photo in this issue).

Robert Oxendale’s name is on the following local memorials:-

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

St. Paul’s Memorial Window, Church Lane, Farington

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Robert Oxendale is buried in the:-

VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, VLAMERTINGE, BELGIUM

Grave Ref: Plot III Row G Grave 9. No next-of-kin information. Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery is located 5 km west of Ieper town centre and to the south of the village of Vlamertinge. Vlamertinge itself is located along the Poperingseweg (N308). (Vlamertinge is the modern spelling of Vlamertinghe).

St. Paul, Farington – Baptismal Register

1897, March 21st Bapt. Robert son of Thomas and Mary Oxendale of 2 East Street, Farington. Born February 24th, 1897.

Family Information:  In response to a request posted in Leyland Library, a Mrs Ellen Harrison of Canberra Road rang me to say that she was a niece of Robert Oxendale. When I visited, she showed me the C.W.G.C. Cemetery Index No. B.10 for Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery which had been in her mother’s possession: her mother being Robert Oxendale’s sister. She also showed me a beautiful photograph of Robert and his young lady.

Captain E. A. James, ‘Records’.

The 39th Division, of which the 16th Rifle Brigade was a part, are not recorded in any engagement at the time of Robert Oxendale’s death. However, they appear in five battles during 3rd Yprès (31st July-10th November 1917). Presumably the division was in the line in the Yprès salient when Rifleman Oxendale was killed in action.

Note:- The 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade was also known as the 16th (St. Pancras) Battalion.

Oxendale, Robert. WE Waring 2003