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Deddington - at one time Daedintun - means 'the place of the people of Daeda', who was probably an early Saxon lord. Since those times the parish has acquired a lot of interesting history. I have tried to assemble an archive of as much of it - written and verbal - as possible.

The extensive index of headings under which material is archived may lead you to your particular interest or encourage you just to browse. However, If you are looking for a specific name or topic you may find it much easier to select our site search facility via the tab at the top of this page.

 Also see a detailed SITE MAP

...and do not forget that we have an extensive Picture Gallery - to be found on a tab at the top of this page.

I am always very pleased to hear via email from site visitors and to offer any help that I can.

Rob Forsyth

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D-Day 6 May 1944. On the 75th Anniversary of this operation which ultimately led to the end of WWII, we remember two Deddington men who took part:

Sergeant Bill Cowley RM was one of the thousands of invasion troops who landed on the beaches of Normandy on the day, fought their way off them. He advanced with his unit through France until he received serious wounds in fierce fighting east of Paris and was invalided back to the UK.

General Sir Percy Hobart (Hobo) was the genius recalled from retirement in Deddington to create an armoured division from scratch equippped with the clever war machines that got Bill and the rest of the invasion force onto, up and off the beaches.

Doreen Stewart was 13 when she and her younger sister Joyce, along with the whole of Campbell school and its teachers, were evacuated from Dagenham to Deddington in 1939. Her photographs can be found in the Gallery