Today we remember …
|4th May 1917
Charles Waddilove, G Social 1896. Private, 2/3rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
He was a stretcher-bearer who was reported killed sometime between 1st and 5th May 1917.
After school, he went to Exeter College, Oxford. He then worked for Oxford House, Bethnal Green and Toynbee Hall, both committed to working with the urban poor. He is one of 28 men commemorated on the War Memorial at Oxford House.
Oxford House was established in 1884 as the first “settlement house” to open where students and graduates from Keble College, Oxford undertook a period of residential volunteering to learn first-hand about the realities of urban poverty. These volunteers were either graduates or worked locally and lived upstairs in Oxford House which was like a mini Oxford college in the heart of Bethnal Green. Volunteers provided practical support to alleviate or remove the impact of poverty to the local community by creating projects such as youth clubs, poor man’s lawyer, labour exchanges and adult education classes.