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Frank Ernest Bishop
(1906-2002, right) was a Witney man, born and bred, who lived in the town throughout his entire life. He died there at the ripe old age of 96 in 2002.

He is shown below in this group, probably showing his entire platoon, and photographed outside St Mary's Church probably on 14th September 1941. The Platoon would have been one of several which made up the Witney Company of the 3rd Oxfordshire Battalion; another was the de Havilland Witney factory unit about which there is further information within this website.

Identification: front row, extreme left, Frank Ernest Bishop
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Little is so far known of Frank's Home Guard service. The image above indicates his rank of Corporal. This may indicate Great War experience. But his years in the Home Guard and this service to his country during WW2 is acknowledged by his King George certificate. And this document tells us that he volunteered in early July 1940 - only a month or so after the Home Guard started to form itself - and served right through to the end in December 1944. His hours of voluntary service during this period would certainly have been in the thousands.

Frank Bishop had two brothers-in-law serving in the Army in WW2. They are, left, Raymond and Ronald Weaver. Both survived the war although Raymond, standing, was wounded in Europe. Let us remember them too.

And also "Deborah's Boys" - two unidentified young men who also served their country early in the 20th century in different campaigns, possibly both in the Great War: we'll call them Jack and Albert. Just possibly Witney men but quite unknown and forgotten - but not by the owner of their photographs nor, now, by any visitor to this page. Here they are, below:


For further information on the Witney Company and also on the de Havilland Witney Platoon please use the link to Other Witney Memories below.

We are most grateful to Deborah Bishop for these memories of her grandfather and others; and for her permission to reproduce them here.
Images © Deborah Bishop 2019