World War I Centenary: Remembering Oriel's Fallen

  • Oriel College Roll of Honour in the Pantin Library
    Oriel College Roll of Honour in the Pantin Library
11 October, 2018

Oriel will hold a special First World War Centenary event at 11am on Saturday 27th October at Iffley Meadow to honour the 163 Oriel men who fell in the Great War (1914-1918).

In memory of the Oriel men who died in this conflict, the College has planted 163 new trees in their honour at its meadow in Iffley Village. On Saturday 27th October, at 11am, there will be a ceremony at the meadow at which the Provost, Neil Mendoza, the Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Richard Venables, Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, the Leader of the County Council, Councillor Ian Hudspeth and a relation of one of the fallen will plant the final trees. A group of Oriel students will then read out the names of the fallen.

There will be a short service, presided over by the Chaplain, and with hymns sung by the Oriel Choir. Following the ceremony, Oriel members are invited back to College for hot refreshments and a buffet lunch in Hall (from 12 noon).

The list of Oriel men who will be honoured during the ceremony can be found here. Relatives of any of the Oriel fallen are warmly invited to attend the ceremony.


If you would require transport to/from Oriel to the venue, and if you plan to attend the lunch, please reserve your space here:

How to Get There

Coaches will be provided by the College to transport those who wish to attend this ceremony to Iffley Village. Coaches will depart from Oriel Square at 10.15am, and will return in time for lunch. If you would like to reserve a space on the bus, please do so via the online booking form:

If you wish to make your own way to the ceremony, a map detailing the location can be found here.

From the centre of town, the number 3 bus (Stagecoach or Oxford Bus Company) will take you to either Donnington Bridge or Iffley Turn, and from there it is a short walk to the meadow, which is situated off Meadow Lane in Iffley Village.

From Redbridge Park and Ride, it is a 1.1 mile walk (roughly 22 minutes) to the meadow.

There is limited free on-street parking in Iffley Village (along Iffley Turn and Church Way) for those who need to travel by car. We do not recommend parking in Meadow Lane itself.

A Provost's War

As part of Oriel's commemoration of the Great War, Dr John Stevenson, assisted by College Archivist Rob Petre, has collected the correspondence of Oriel's wartime Provost, Provost Lancelot Ridley Phelps and the College has published it as a book, entitled A Provost's War. Over 700 Oriel men served in the forces during the war, and 163 of those men died as a result. Provost Phelps had the unenviable task of writing letters of condolence to families, and the book brings together the letters he received in response, which shine a light on the tragic loss of life and the impact it had on those left behind. The book will be on sale in the College Lodge and online shortly, and more information will follow.