Oliver Victor Glenister



Village memories: Wooburn Moor (picture from SWOP website)

Oliver Victor Glenister


PRIVATE 10386 OXFORD & BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY.2ND BATTALION.
DIED 29TH OCTOBER 1918 AGED 22YRS.
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR SEDAN (ST CHARLES) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, FRANCE . GRAVE REF. 622.

Oliver Victor Glenister was the son of Charles & Annie Elizabeth nee Spittles who married on 30th March 1889. Oliver was born 0n 13th November 1895 in Cuddington, Buckinghamshire and baptised in Wooburn on 10th October 1901. On the 1901 Census his siblings are Florence, Albert Charles, Arthur, Ralph, Wilfrid ,Cecil & Rupert. The family were living at Wooburn Moor in Buckinghamshire. Charles was a carter( with horse) on a farm.
By 1911 the family were living at Heath End, Flackwell Heath and Oliver is now employed as a cowman on the farm. His parents had 12 children but 3 had died. His parents went on to celebrate their golden wedding in 1939 when they were living in Sedgemoor Road, Flackwell Heath. In the newspaper cutting they reveal that four sons fought in WW1 and one died, this was Oliver. It is mentioned that they had raised 15 children of which 6 sons and 2 daughters were still living. During the war they sent copies of the Bucks Free Press newspaper out to their sons who were serving in France and Mesopotamia. Annie often helped her husband in the fields accompanied by her many babies! Charles died in 1954.
Oliver enlisted at High Wycombe and entered the theatre of War with the Oxford &Bucks Light Infantry in August 1914. He was sent to France in May 1915. He was wounded on Sept 25th 1915 and sent back to England to recover. He went back to France in February 1916. He was wounded again on July 30th and sent to Rouen Hospital for 5 weeks before returning to the Front. He had his first leave at the end of August 1917 and he wrote home on 21st March to say he would be home again soon on leave but he was taken prisoner on 24th March 1918 at a village called Villers-sur-Fleurs just behind Cambrai. He wrote to his mother again on 5th October to say he was fine, but 3 weeks later he was reported dead. He died from Dysentry at Sedan-Osfeld while a Prisoner of War two weeks before his 23rd birthday.

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