Biography of Private William Arthur Oakden (7010)
Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
6260 The Kent R.G.A Militia
Died 14th November 1914


  • Name: WIlliam Arthur Oakden
  • Date of birth: 1886
  • Place of Birth: Camberwell, Surrey, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: April – June 1886
  • Place of Birth Registration: Lambeth, Surrey, England


  • Name: Arthur John Oakden
  • DOB: 1861
  • Place of Birth: Camberwell, Surrey, England
  • Occupation: Mercantile clerk (Ship Brokers)


  • Name: Ellen Horwood
  • DOB: 1857
  • Place Of Birth: Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Marriage: 1882 Lambeth, Surrey, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Ellen Hosking Oakden, 1883, Camberwell
  • Arthur Percy Oakden, 1884, Camberwell
  • William Arthur Oakden, 1886, Camberwell
  • Winifred Emily Oakden, 1888, Camberwell
  • Hilda Maud Oakden, 1890, Camberwell
  • Norman Edward Oakden, 1892, Camberwell
  • Clifford Stanley Oakden, 1896, Leytonstone
  • Albert Cecil Oakden, 1898, Leytonstone


  • 1891: William is living with his parents at 1 Sansom Street, Camberwell, Surrey.
  • 1901: William is living with his parents at 97 Howson Road, Lewisham, Surrey.
  • 1911: William is living with his parents at 61 Ruckholt Road, Leyton, Essex. The census gives him an age of 24 and he is listed as a Canvaser (photography).
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • Name: Eva Annie Goody
  • Date of birth: 17th November 1890
  • Place of Birth: Sudbury, Suffolk, England


  • Date of Marriage: 1914
  • Place of Marriage: Bourne District

Wife’s parents

  • Father: Robert Cross (Step Father)
  • Mother: Edna Goody

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 19th December 1914
    REPORTED KILLED AT THE FRONT. – News was received on Tuesday morning that P.c. Oakden, who had been called up on the reserve, had been killed in action.  The news was conveyed in a letter to Mrs. Oakden by the Quartermaster from the seat of war, but up to the time of writing no confirmation had been reieved from the War Office.  P.c. Oakden was married only on August 1st, and on the following day recieved notice to rejoin his regiment.  Mrs Oakden has continued jer residence at Bourne, and when the news became known there were many expressions of sympathy for her.


  • Grantham Journal Saturday 30th January 1915
    THE DEATH OF P.C. OAKDEN – Confirmation was receieved on Thursday morning of the death of P.c. Oakden, killed in action on Nov. 14th.  Within the past month, the War Office stated, in reply to an equiry, that the latest information was that Mr. Oakden was serving with his regiment.  The present bad news adds to the sadness of his young widow, who was maturally buoyed up by the hope that the rumour of his death was incorrect.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available (pre war)

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Arthur Oakden, 7010, 1st Bn Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire) Regiment was killed in action on 14th November 1914 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Wife Eva Annie


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
    The 14 Star


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
  • Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private William Arthur Oakden, 7010, 1st Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment who died on 14 November 1914 Age 27
  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. Oakden, of Leyton, Essex, husband of Mrs. F. Coulson (formerly Oakden), of 23, St. Paul’s St., Stamford, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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