Captain Edward Ralph Oakden

Army Number : n/a

Battalion : 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.

Born 1st June 1893 and lived at Nottingham. Son of Edward and Alice Oakden. He was educated at Nottingham High School and was a law student at Nottingham University where he joined the Officers Training Corps (OTC). He applied for a commission on the outbreak of war and was gazetted Second Lieutenant 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment, 12th September 1914. He was promoted Lieutenant 15th December 1914 and Captain July 1915. He went to France 14th July 1915 and was wounded in his arm by a rifle grenade 21st August 1915 and was transferred to England. He returned to France in March 1916, took part in the Battle of the Somme and was dangerously wounded at Fricourt, France, 3rd July 1916. He recovered from his wounds but lost his sight and joined the blinded officers at St. Dunstans, Lodge, London. He died very suddenly from meningitis, 22nd March 1917, aged 24.

Buried/Commemorated : Nottingham Church Cemetery, United Kingdom. Select Site D. 880.


His brother Lieutenant Arthur William Oakden, "A" Bty. 124th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, also fell in the Great War.

Photograph of name not yet obtained. Grave picture not yet obtained.
Captain Edward Ralph Oakden is also commemorated on the following local memorials :-
Nottingham Boys High School War Memorial, Nottingham.
Nottingham University OTC War Memorial, Nottingham.
Nottingham Law Society War Memorial, Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham.
Nottingham Rowing Clubs War Memorial, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Nottingham Union Rowing Club War Memorial, Nottingham.