Graham Thomas

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Founder’s Day 2019.

This is now confirmed for Saturday 9 November. The church will be opened at 0845 and the planned schedule of events is as follows: Church opens 08:45 09:00 – 09:45: Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Thame, including music performances by the Willie Howe scholars. 10:00 – 10:45: Coffee and our special archive exhibition at …

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Biographies of some of the pupils in the Plummer years

These are biographies of some of the pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years (1879-1891). THOMAS WYKES GIBBARD C.B., C.B.E., M.B. Durh. Major-General T. W. Gibbard, who died on Aug. 11 at the age of 92, qualified in 1886 and graduated B.M. with honours at Durham University three years later. After entering …

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Biographies of the ‘Plummer Years’ pupils

These are biographies of some of the pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years. Arthur Forbes: Cambridge University alumni bio: Pens. at CHRIST’S, Oct. 2, 1885. [4th] s. of Henry Twisden [Col., late Bengal Staff]. B. [Oct. 4, 1866], at Wanstead, Essex. Schools, Collège de Montreux, Switzerland and Thame Grammar, Oxford. Matric. …

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Biographies of ‘Plummer years’ pupils

These are a series of biographies of pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years 1879 to 1891. John Biggs Denchfield was one of the early pupils at the school – he appears in the 1881 Census – and also in 1891 officiated at Plummer’s funeral. Born Nov. 3, 1864 in Bucks. Schools, …

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Ian Fleming

On the afternoon of Thursday June 24 1909, the school held a garden fete in aid of the cricket pavilion, when the pavilion was officially opened. The Oxford Town Band were in attendance, and tea was served at a cost of 9p a head. A flyer noted that a number of distinguished patrons had put …

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John Quartly

Sad news, passed on by Nadine Redman, his sister: John Quartly, 91, died recently. He was at LWGS in the 1940s, and had been living in Colchester for some years. He had been ill for quite a time but many years was a staunch supporter of the OTA.

Alfred William John Folley

Alfred was born on 20thJuly 1893 and baptised on 10thSeptember, son of Elizabeth and Albert, a farmer. The family lived in the spacious Manor Farm at Emmington near Thame that had 11 rooms, one of two farms in the parish. Kelly’s Directory for 1901 states the population numbered 44 n that year and that the …

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Christie West Fletcher (boarder)

Christie was the seventh of nine children of Charles and Lucy Fletcher. He was born in Kew, London, on 12thDecember 1874 and baptised on 9thMarch 1876. His father was a member of the London Stock Exchange.  He entered LWGS in September 1891 as a sixth former and would have stayed two years at the most. Afterwards …

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Francis Willoughby Fielding

Francis was born in Towersey, Bucks on the 8thOctober 1892 to parents Harry and Letitia Elizabeth Fielding (née Goodwin). Harry was an auctioneer and in 1911 the family were living at Essex House, Chinnor Road, Thame. They later moved to Stoneleigh in King’s Road, Thame.  Francis attended LWGS from 1902 to July 1906 and, by 1911, …

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Two brothers

OTs who served in the 1st World War Francis Alexander Fayers Born on 13 January 1899 in Oxford, the younger brother of William. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as a boarder at the school, and according to the school records he served in the RASC. The military record at the National Archives records …

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