Roll of Honour
Private Howard Stanley May
Also linked to: Stoke Lyne
Service Number: 200931
Regiment: Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (2nd/4th)
Conflict: World War One
Date of Death: 22nd August 1917
Age at Death: 21
Burial/Memorial Location: Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Lived in Baynard's Green. Enlisted Oxford. Son of Thomas & Elizabeth Hannah May, of Baynard's Green. Brother of William May.
"No official news is yet to hand regarding Private H.S. (Stanley) May, of the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, son of Mr Thomas May, of Baynard's Green. He was unofficially reported wounded on August 22nd, and since then, despite numerous enquiries, no official news can be obtained from anyone.
An officer in his company, writing to Mrs May, says: “I am very much afraid that he must have succumbed to his wounds and the chance of his having been taken prisoner wile wounded is very small indeed. In my mind I am sure he is not alive. I cannot tell how I feel for you in your loss. He was a great favourite of mine and one of the bravest and best men in the company. We shall all miss him very much and I can ill afford to spare him.” – We hope that this officer’s surmises are not correct and better news will be forthcoming.
Pte. May joined the army in September, 1914, and has been previously wounded on three occasions." Bicester Advertiser 12/10/1917