August 4th 1916

The streets of Oxford in 1916 are not a happy place to be. There is a pall over the town, a cloud of sadness and fear. Faces, mostly wonen’s, look worried and burdened. The War has been going on for two years exactly to the day; the early hope of a swift and glorious victory long crushed. I’ve just heard about the sad death of my friend George Pritchard. He served as a Private in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and died of wounds at the Somme in France at the age of just 20 on 27 July 1916. He is remembered, along with over 150 other brave men from Headington here .

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