Graham Thomas

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Leslie Edgar De Pass

OT’s who served in the 1st World War Whereas Geoffrey roamed the world, Leslie, Geoffrey’s elder brother by two years, seems to have been less ambitious and adventurous. He was born on 2nd July 1894. His early life and schooling were the same as Edgar’s, staying at LWGS and moving to High Wycombe GS in …

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Geoffrey Pamerel De Pass (boarder)

OTs who served in the 1st World War De Pass may seem to be an unusual surname but the De Pass tribe were extensive, often wealthy and spread across many countries.  (The Ancestry website lists more than 20,000 references to people named De Pass!) However, thanks to Geoffrey’s unusual second name it is possible to distinguish …

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Luke Dancer

Its who fought in the 1st World War. Luke was born on 28thSeptember 1898, son of Louise and William Dancer a dairyman farmer, living at 139 St Mark’s Road Kensington but later lived at Pitchcott in Aylesbury. Luke was the fifth of six children but the only boy. In 1911 he was at what appears …

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Admiral Tim Fraser

New military chiefs appointments. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed the new appointments of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of the Air Staff and Commander Joint Forces Command. Published 3 December 2018 From: Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP Ministry …

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Thame’s town crest and Lord Williams.

In the earlier post about swimming at LWS prior to the construction of the swimming pool, it noted that this took place at Jemmott’s Hole on the Thame river. (Or Jemmett – as the spelling varies in the records.) The Jemmott family owned the land where the river passed through – hence the nickname. (We …

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Bathing at Lord Williams’s Grammar School, 1900-1928

From Derek Turner, School Archivist. This short history, based on entries in the school magazine The Tamensian, begins in 1900 with the first mention of swimming in the Thame river and ends with the opening of the school’s own swimming bath in 1928. It is probable that that boys swam in the river Thame from …

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Howard Roscoe Eady

Eady was music teacher at Lord Williams’s in the early 1920s and should be credited for starting the tradition of the school musical. He was also the organist and choir master at St Mary’s Thame and was responsible for re-arranging the school hymn.  Eady’s background and family are unusual for a music teacher. He seems …

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The oldest OT and staff member

The oldest OT and member of staff (so far as we know) lived to be 101.  Edward Herbert Martin Parry was born 11.10.1890 in Todmorden, Yorkshire. His father Edward was a Unitarian Minister and this meant that the family moved around the country. Sometime in the 1890s, the family moved to Illminster, Somerset, and here …

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Golf 2019

Message from Barry… 2019 is our 25yr anniversary since I started the society in 1994.Some of you, notably the Studley Wood members, have asked if I could find another course for this special year. So I have been looking around and considering various alternatives within a reasonable travelling distance for all concerned.I have provisionally arranged …

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Willie Howe, the Narnia Window, and the scholarship

In early 1955, W G Howe, died after a short illness. In the Tamensian the following was written: ‘W G Howe was a sixth former of great promise whose loss came as a great blow to the school. William Howe had a most pleasing disposition; though modest and retiring, he was always cheerful and ready …

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