WW2 Book of Remembrance - Surnames O

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O'DOWD, Brian Patrick (Revised 25/01/2018)
OGILVY, Alexander Eaton (New March 2014)
OLNEY, Charles William (New 30/10/2017)
OLNEY, Stanley (New 30/10/2017)
ORANGE, Myers * (Revised 01/03/2018)
OSBORNE, Catherine ("Kitty") Christabel * (New 13/04/2018)
OSBORNE, Charles Victor * (Revised 13/04/2018)
OSBORNE, Victoria Christine * (New 13/04/2018)
OSBORNE, Wendy Kay * (New 13/04/2018)
OSBORNE, Dennis Harold * (Revised 13/04/2018)
OXLADE, Francis * (Revised 13/04/2018)

* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
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O'DOWD, Brian Patrick. Pilot Officer (66590)

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 21 August 1941 Age 19

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The marriage of Bernard C O'Dowd to Elizabeth A Ward was registered in Wokingham for the December Quarter of 1918. Birth of their son Brian P O'Dowd came to be recorded at Marylebone, 3/1922.

Bernard Clements O'Dowd appears to have entered the Civil Service Clerical Class, by Open Competition during 1926, to be assigned to serve in the Inland Revenue Department.

For registration in 1939 the O'Dowds seem to have been resident in Sutton and Cheam.

Flight magazine rerported that B P O'Dowd had been commissioned as a Pilot Officer for the duration of the war with effect from 15 May 1941. Apparently he had already learned to fly because almost immediately he had been attached to 8 FTS.

The flying training system had been reorganized in 1918. By the mid 1930's the rise of Nazi Germany prompted fears of another war. Once again there was a need to train pilots and RAF Montrose was re-opened in January 1936 as No.8 Flying Training School. This was a school for advanced flying training using military aircraft. There were normally two intakes at Montrose at any one time to provide for both intermediate and advanced sections. In 1941, the unit was operating the Miles M 9 Master two-seat monoplane advanced trainer - in trainer form, the Master was equipped to carry eight practice bombs, plus one .303 in. Vickers machine gun mounted in the front fuselage. The large enclosed cockpit was fitted with dual controls, 'blind' flying equipment, etc.; the instructor's and pilot's seats being arranged in tandem.

Miles Kestrel Trainer
Miles Kestrel Trainer
Image Source: IWM (ATP 9152F)

The entry in No.8 FTS ORB for an accident to Master Mk I T8430, records:-
August 21st 1941, 'Pilot Officer O'Dowd (Instructor) and 1165687 LAC Murton A.J. killed in Master I aircraft T8430 near Friockheim. Accident investigated by Wing Commander Simpson on 24/8/41'.
The aircraft had spun out of control into the ground at Milfield Farm, near Friockheim, Angus.

Albert John Murton was interred at Aylebury with his headstone inscribed:-
In loving memory of A.J. Murton R.A.F. Cadet "Jack"
The much loved and only son of Albert and Beatrice Murton
Killed on active service August 21st. 1941 Aged 21 years
His life a loving memory At the going down of the Sun
and in the morning We will remember him

Leading Aircraftman Service Number: 1165687
After little more than three months active service, Brian was buried at Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Cemetery, Sec. 7, Class C, Grave 80, described by CWGC as the son of Bernard Clements O'Dowd and Elizabeth Annie O'Dowd, of Ewell, Surrey.

During or after WW2, the O'Dowds moved to reside at 96 Seaforth Gardens, Stoneleigh, Ewell, where Bernard C O'Dowd died on 23 December 1957.

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OGILVY, Alexander Eaton. Lieutenant.

Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy.
Killed on Active Service 4 September 1940, aged 27.

Alexander Eaton Ogilvy was born in Epsom in 1913, (GRO reference: Sep 1913 Epsom 2a 69), the eldest child and only son of David and his wife Pollie. His parents had met while working together in Horton Hospital and were married in 1912 in Cornwall. Also during that year his father was promoted to Superintendent of Long Grove Mental Hospital. The family lived in Long Grove House until Alexander's father's death in 1934.

Alexander was baptised on 7 October 1913 in Christ Church, Epsom and was named after his paternal grandfather who had died in Dublin on 14 June that same year.

Alexander's sister Elaine Eaton was born on 2 December 1914 and baptised in Christ Church on 23 March 1915. His youngest sister Rosalind Mary Eaton, later known as Roddy, was also baptised in the same church, on 22 January 1917.

Alexander's early education was undertaken at Upland House School, Epsom, then aged 14, he entered the Royal Navy at Dartmouth in May 1927 and went on to serve as a cadet. After training, on 1 January 1931, he became a midshipman and served on the Repulse, Nelson and Warspite, as well as the cruiser Danae in the West Indies.

On 1 January 1934, Alexander was promoted to acting sub-lieutenant.

Alexander's father had been suffering from bad health for some time before his death in his home on 13 May 1934. A memorial service was held for him five days later on Friday, 18 May, in the Long Grove Chapel, which Alexander managed to attend with his mother and sisters, along with many other mourners.

Four months later, on 1 September, Alexander was promoted to sub-lieutenant and served on the cruiser Frobisher.

Alexander's widowed mother appeared in the 1934 Epsom Electoral Register as living under the address of Long Grove Mental Hospital, but she and his sisters had moved to Appletreewick, 80 Worple Road, Epsom by 1935.

In September, after the move, his 21-year-old sister Elaine, along with two friends, travelled to Worth Matravers, Dorset for a camping holiday that ended with tragic consequences for Elaine. The Coroner recorded a verdict that her death was due to misadventure and expressed his sympathy to her relatives, none of whom were present. It was explained that her widowed mother had been forbidden to travel by her doctor as she was in bad health and, presumably, Rosalind was nursing her and that her brother was abroad. Alexander had in fact just started a two-year tour of duty aboard the sloop Western in the East Indies and had by 16 September 1934 gained the following certificates:

Greenwich Course: Grade 2
Seamanship: Grade 2
Navigation: Grade 2
Gunnery: Grade 3
Torpedo: Grade 3

At the end of his tour, on 16 January 1937, Alexander was promoted to lieutenant.

Alexander appears with his mother and sister Rosalind in the 1938 and 1939 Surrey Electoral Registers, living at 80 Worple Road, Epsom. However, Alexander, specializing as an air observer, was appointed in 1938 to the aircraft carrier Ark Royal.

On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland and on 3 September France and Britain declared war on Germany. The long agony of the Second World War had begun.

Eleven months later, on 31 August 1940, Alexander was serving with the Fleet Air Arm aboard the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Illustrious. The Illustrious, capable of carrying up to 57 aircraft, was part of a strike force launched against the airfields at Maritsa, a village situated on the west coast of the island of Rhodes.

The headquarters of the Fleet Air Arm was based in Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire. It played a reconnaissance role, supporting land operations in the Far East, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands and North Africa. The Fleet Air Arm operated from aircraft carriers like the Illustrious and was one of Britain's chief weapons against the German U-boats.

On 4 September 1940, Alexander was involved in an aircraft accident aboard H.M.S. Illustrious, which resulted in his death aged 27. On 27 September 1940 a service in honour of Alexander was held at St. Barnabas.

Alexander is one of nearly 2,000 remembered on the memorial erected in Lee-on-the-Solent in honour of the men of the Fleet Air Arm who died but have no known grave. Alexander Eaton Ogilvy is remembered in Bay 1, Panel 2.

He is also commemorated in the Book of Remembrance in Epsom Town Hall and on the Second World War Roll of Honour that once hung in St. Barnabas church in Temple Road, Epsom, but is at the time of writing (March 2014) unseen but in safe keeping in the Surrey History Centre in Woking, Surrey.

Administration of Alexander's effects, valued at £ 1,386 11s. 2d., was given to his mother on 17 April 1941.

His mother later commissioned a carved wooden statue of St. Peter in memory of her deceased children.

A member of the St. Barnabas' congregation, who now lives in Australia, recalls that:
On the left of the entrance to the Lady Chapel there was a beautifully carved wooden statue of St. Peter with Bible in hand and from his belt hung the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Above the figure hung an oil lamp. The Memorial was given in memory of a Naval Officer and his sister. I am sorry that I cannot remember their names, but at the foot of the figure carved in wood was a Naval badge as seen on a Naval Officer's peak cap.
St Peter Detail
Carved Naval badge
Photo courtesy of Clive Gilbert

Fortunately, despite the radical changes within St. Barnabas, from its traditional church layout to a modern open plan design with very few of its original furnishings, the statue still stands on the left of the entrance to the Lady Chapel, in loving memory of Alexander Eaton and Elaine Eaton Ogilvy.

St Peter

Ogilvy Plaque
Statue of St. Peter and the plaque in memory of Alexander and Elaine Ogilvy
Photos courtesy of Clive Gilbert

Hazel Ballan
March 2014
Sources:

Epsom, Surrey Electoral Registers
The Times 16 September 1940
Ancestry.com
FreeBMD


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David Ogilvy, MD
Pollie, Elaine and Rosalind Ogilvy
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OLNEY, Charles William

Civilian
Died 17 June 1944, aged 66
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OLNEY, Stanley. Warrant Officer Class I/Superintendent Clerk (7647368)

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Died 17 June 1944, aged 29

Charles was born 15 April 1878 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. In Q4 1909, he married Daisy Maria Ingram (born 8 November 1886 in Camberwell. Their son Stanley was born in Wandsworth on 1 June 1915.

The 1939 Register records the parents living at 3 Shere Avenue, Cuddington. Charles is listed as "Branch Manager for W.H. Smith & Sons Ltd. Railway Bookstall Charing X S.R. Newsagents". Both Stanley and his older brother, William Charles (born 15 September 1910) were living with them, and both worked for W H Smith as warehousemen.

During WW2, Stanley served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers but, on 17 June 1944, it would seem that he was on leave at the family home (3 Shere Avenue) where both he and his father were killed in an air raid.

Father and son were buried together in Epsom Cemetery (Grave K32) on 24 June, 1944. When Daisy died in 1971, she was buried in the same grave, and the couple's surviving children erected a headstone commemorating all three of them.

The Olneys' headstone in Epsom cemetery
The Olneys' headstone in Epsom cemetery
Image © Loz Hennessy via findagrave.com

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ORANGE, Myers

London Heavy Rescue Service.
Died 18 November 1944, aged 55

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The birth of Myers Orange was registered in Leeds for the December Quarter of 1889. His marriage to Elizabeth A Judson (b. 1885) came to be recorded in the same District, 12/1921.

In 1939 he was living in Leatherhead but had moved to 13 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, by 1940.

Evidently during the War he became a member of London Heavy Rescue Service which came into being as part of the Civil Defence programme, and was made up of builders, plumbers, electricians and skilled workers, who helped clear up the debris created by the German attacks. They helped stabilise the devastated area to allow the Light Rescue Service safe access to trapped civilians. The Heavy Rescue Service got their name from the equipment they used, heavy winching and lifting gear that was carried round in the back of an old pick-up truck.


Rescue workers searching through the rubble of a block of flats
destroyed by German raids on London. A number of people are still
trapped and the death toll is feared to be heavy. February 25, 1944
Image source Getty images

He is reported to have been injured on 11 August 1944, at Suffield Road, Southwark, London, but died at the County Hospital, Epsom.

Described as the husband of E. A. Orange, of 13 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashstead, his relict's death was registered in Surrey Mid E, 12/1955.

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OSBORNE, Catherine ("Kitty") Christabel

Civilian
Died 19 April 1941, aged 34

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OSBORNE, Charles Victor

Civilian
Died 20 April 1941, aged 43

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OSBORNE, Victoria Christine

Civilian
Died 19 April 1941, aged 18 months

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OSBORNE, Wendy Kay

Civilian
Died 19 April 1941, aged 8

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Charles was born in Epsom on 11 July 1897, the first child of Epsom-born Charles Thomas Osborne and his wife Florence (née Read). The 1901 Census records the couple - now with a second child, I year old George - living in "Osbornes Cottages", Woodcote Side on Epsom Common. 37 year old Charles senior is listed as a "Harness Maker (Employer)". By the time of the 1911 Census - when five more children have been born - the family is recorded as living at "Victoria Cottage", Woodcote Side.

In Q3 1933 and registered in the Lewisham District, the 35 year old Charles junior married 25 year old Catherine Christabel Clemens - known as "Kitty". They set up home in 39 Harland Avenue, Sidcup, where their first two children were born - Wendy in Q3 1933 and Gillian in Q2 1937.

However, the 1939 Register records Charles, Kitty and their two children (assuming that they are behind the currently closed records) staying with Charles's parents at 23 Woodcote Side, Epsom - presumably the same address as "Osbornes Cottages" and "Victoria Cottage" in 1901 and 1911. This may have been in anticipation of the birth of their third child, Victoria, whose Q4 1939 birth was registered in the local Surrey Mid-Eastern District. The Register now lists Charles senior as "Harnessmaker (retired)". His occupation clearly influenced Charles junior's career: he is listed as "Leather Goods Factors - straps, bags etc (Partnership, Own Business)".

Charles junior and his family subsequently returned home to 39 Harland Ave, Sidcup. On 19 April 1941, in the closing weeks of the Luftwaffe's "Blitz" bombing campaign, a bomb fell on their house. It killed 34 year old Kitty, 8 year old Wendy and 18 month old Victoria outright. Charles was badly injured and taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, where he died the following day. (If 4 year old Gillian was also injured, she survived.)

The parents and both children were buried together in Grave M487 of Epsom Cemetery on 25 April 1941.

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OSBORNE, Dennis Harold

Civilian
Died 18 July 1944, aged 16

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Dennis was born on 21 July 1927, the first child of Archibald Osborne and Grace Margaret (née Lincoln - they had married Q2 1927). Their marriage was registered in the Wandsworth District and Dennis's birth in the Croydon District.

The 1939 Register records the family of three living at 11 Hazel Close, Mitcham. 39 year old Archibald is listed as "Depot Manager, Sausage Factory", 33 year old Grace with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties", and 12 year old Dennis is at school. (It seems that the couple had a second child, Margaret, born Q3 1943.)

On 18 July 1944, three days short of his 17th birthday and probably now in employment, Dennis (still "of 11 Hazel Close") was injured by enemy action at Purley Oaks. He was taken to Horton Emergency Hospital (one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for handing wartime casualties) where he died later that day.

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OXLADE, Francis

Civilian
Died 11 December 1940, aged 73

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Francis was born on 5 December 1867. He is found in the 1911 Census as a 45 year old "Bricklayers Labourer" living with his 49 year old wife, Mary Ann, and their five children (aged from 2 to 19) at 8 Thorne Street South, Lambeth.

He is next found in the 1939 Register as a widowed pensioner living or staying with the mid-50s "Lorry Driver" Charles Eccles and his wife Rosa at 26 Harleyford Road, Lambeth. (Rosa's maiden name was Brown, so it does not seem that they were related to Francis.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, he was - a year later - "of 32 Unwin Road, Peckham" when, on 8 December 1940, he was injured by enemy action while at St. Giles' Hospital, Camberwell.

He was taken to Horton Emergency Hospital (one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for handing wartime casualties) where he died three days later, on 11 December 1940.

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