Local Newspapers. WWI, WWII & Malaya

Rob Forsyth  & John Plumbe

These local newspaper pages are mainly from The Banbury Guardian* and The Banbury Advertiser. They were researched by John Plumbe for the Parish Archive and are stored on its Google Drive in pdf format varying in size from 500kb to 2Mb. They are in date order with the dates incorporated in the titles. The pdfs are of whole pages because there are so many other very interesting articles on the same page. They are of a very high quality so can be zoomed by 200% or more.The relevant article is highlit for convenience.

The Soudan (sic) Campaign

  • 1885 The Banbury Advertiser published a letter (dated 27 March) on 23 April from Corporal Frederick Bennett containing graphic details of a gun-boat trip down the Nile followed by a bloody encounter with Sudanese rebels. Just the letter can be viewed HERE.
  • 1898 The Banbury Advertiser published the names of the four Deddington men present at the battle of Omdurman. Corporal Bennet is now a Sergeant Major. 

World War I (1914-18)

Deddington Servicemen

These 62 pages  have been grouped together into sub-folders (no of pages in brackets) for convenience. Individual titles within each subfolder are then self descriptive.


World War II (1939-45)

The articles listed below have links going to the page itself.

Deddington Servicemen

  • Pte Albert Harper, who was reported missing in action in 1940, is now known to be a PoW (Ed: very poor image)
  • Pilot Officer Jackson DFC. The Liverpool Daily Post and Gloucestershire Echo both report on the bravery of this RAF officer in a night attack for which he was decorated. The articles cite Derek and his wife, the Hon.Pamela Mitford (2nd of the 6 Mitford sisters and 2nd of his 6 wives!) as living in Deddington. At first we thought that Derek's name and exploits escaped our previous research for A Parish at War; but the reason we had not found him, as John Plumbe unearthed from an old edition of 224 (the DDH&S' former magasine), was that they were actually living in Ragnell Hall. The Hall lies on the Barford/South Newington road and, while Barford is part of the same Ecclesiastical Benefice as Deddington, it is not in our parish. Although we cannot claim him as a Deddington man, it is well worth  reading this summary of his biography. He was clearly an exceptional aviator, a noted nuclear physicist - and a notorious philanderer! A 1939 Tatler photograph also says he was a millionaire to boot. 
  • Pte Coulton, who had been been reported missing for seven months from his unit in Devon, is found dead and his funeral is reported.

    Deddington General

    Miscellanous Interest

    Malaya (1948-60)

    • Pte Horace French also served in Malaya as a National Serviceman as reported by The Banbury Guardian. Horace served in the same Regiment and Company as his friend Robin and had just returned from the previous patrol.  

    Useful links

     Newspaper references to Deddington

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