The Story of Heyford (Extra): Heyford Residents who served in WW2

Many Heyford residents served in the Second World War 1939-1945 in the various services.

Hazel Adams – Red Cross Nurse, Royal Navy

Hugh Adams – Royal Dragoons

Albert Beharrell – Army

Richard (Dicky) Bishop-Bailey – Army

Ken Boyes – Army

Helen Cadman – WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force)

Arthur Charvill – Royal Navy & Army (MP)

Harry Charvill – Army

Charles Copson – Army

Tom Davies – Fleet Air Arm / RAF

Ralph Faulkner – Bevan boy / Army

Gordon Hayes – RAF

Marjorie Hamborg – Red Cross

Frank Higginbottom – Army

Frank Hyde – RAF

Donald Jafkins – Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders

Ernest Jones – Army

Bill Kingston – RAF

Nan Kingston – WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force)

Robert (Bob) Kingston – RAF (1939-1946)

Jack Lee – Royal Engineers

Joe Matthews – Army

Charles Masters – Army

George Masters – Royal Army Medical Corps

Sheila Masters – ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service)

Sid Masters – Army

Ray Metcalfe – Army

Cyril Mitchell – Royal Army Ordnance Corps

John Moore – Merchant Navy

Rita Moore – NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes)

Alec Nial – Royal Navy

Bill Norrie – Royal Navy

Tom Oliver – Royal Navy

Joan Pearson – Woman’s Land Army

Dorothy Reeve – COD (Central Ordnance Depot)

Margaret Reeve – Woman’s Land Army

Derek Roberts – Royal Marines

Paul Rogers – Royal Army Medical Corps

William Rogers – HAC (Honourable Artillery Company)

Jack Rossiter – Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Dennis Searle – Merchant Navy

Frank Townsend – Army

Arthur Turland – RAF

Mabel Wallace – WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force)

William Wallace – Highland Light Infantry

Dennis Weaver – Royal Army Intelligence Corps

Bert Wilkinson – 13/18th Hussars

Rev Wintersgill – Queens Royal Regiment

And those sadly killed in action:

Charles Leslie Foster – Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) RAF – Killed in Action 23.5.1944 – Aged 24

Frederick Heeler – Lance Corporal Army – Killed in Action 24.7.1944 – Aged 28

Frederick Watson – Sapper Army – Killed in Action 10.10.1944 – Aged 22

John Bennett Whiting – Lieutenant Army – Killed in Action 1.9.1942 – Aged 25

Published in The Prattler – July & August 2020

Many thanks to Hugh Adams for originally compiling a list and to those that have contacted us and added to it since the original publication via the

Facebook “Nether Heyford Past” group

Jez Wilson

Updated 15/10/2021 with Robert (Bob) Kingston – RAF (1939-1946) – thanks to Annie Powell

Jez Wilson

Letters: Hair problems when self isolating by Sue Townsend – June 2020

Hair problems when self isolating by Sue Townsend

I know there are many ladies out there
Who are currently bemoaning the state of their hair
I was due a cut over 4 weeks ago
But obviously cancelled for reasons we know
So now my short and funky style
Has bitten the dust for quite a while
Whilst my hair may be thin, thanks to Gran’s genes
It grows at full gallop, just like Jack’s beans
So now it looks like a low flying cow, darn it
Has done what comes naturally on top of my Barnet
It’s now curling over my collar and ears
And I know it won’t take that long til it reaches my rear
Himself has offered to give me a Grade 3
But to be quite honest, do I trust him? not me
The thought of what could happen, I just couldn’t bear
If he ended up giving me a full Lionel Blair
But on the positive side, I’m so pleased to say
That I gave up on colouring, resigned to the grey
It now must be hard for those who kept fighting
To continue with colour and even highlighting
For now they must worry and constantly fret
About having to join “The Badger Babe” set
With an increasing white line on top of their Napper
Where once they were well groomed, and glossy, and dapper
So maybe my friends, use this enforced quarantine
To give up the fight, you know what I mean
Just think of time saved, extra dosh in your purse
By accepting your grey, things could be much worse
By the time all us oldies are allowed to run (well shuffle) free
Your hair could quite easily have grown down to your knee
So a quick salon cut could solve all your care
As you then revert to your natural hair
When all this is over, the busiest folk
Will be the hairdresser girl and the cute barber bloke
The only consolation is that, and this I would share,
Even the best hairdresser can’t cut their own hair.
So maybe before our isolation comes to an end
Take a selfie of your hair to send to your friends
Then have a competition to see who looks the worst
I’m sure the pics will make us laugh fit to burst.

Published June Edition 2020