Graham Thomas

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Vivian Ingram Rackley Clark

Vivian born on 2nd October 1894, son of Walter Clark, ‘costumier’ or owner of a drapery shop, and Mary nee Rackley. They were living at 11 Village Terrace, South Shields, County Durham. He was not baptised until 1897 and a double baptism too with his elder sister. Also the baptism did not take place in …

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The Bush Brothers

In the late 19 century, the family lived on the Chinnor Road, Thame, and Issac the father is listed as a railway agent and hence possibly connected to the nearby Thame Station. By 1901 the family had moved to the Upper High Street and the family had grown to five children. It was Issac’s trade …

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Horace Victor Burrell

Horace was born on 12thMarch 1898 in Forest Hill, London, the son of George Burrell a licensed innkeeper who was running the Chandos Public House on Brockley Rise in SE London. Prior to arriving at LWGS as a boarder on 17thSeptember 1913 he had been four and a half years at the Commercial School Margate, …

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Edward Benoni Burgess

Edward was born in Transvaal, South Africa on the 17th June 1892. His father was Alfred Augustus Burgess, (a self-styled gentleman at the time of Edward’s baptism but whose father had been a blacksmith), and his mother Ada Eliza (néeJones, the daughter of the innkeeper at the Eight Bells in Haddenham as well as a …

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Reginald Loftus Briars

Reginald was the elder brother of Arthur and Hugh born on the 9thOctober 1887.  He probably left LWGS in 1901 or 1902 as he became a railway clerk accountant for the Great Western Railway on 9thJuly 1902 and was living at Paddington, London. In June 1907 he moved to Fishguard, still working as a clerk …

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Hubert Alfred Briars

Hubert was born on 24 September 1894, the younger brother of Arthur Jessie Briars. He was at LWGS for seven terms as a Foundation Exhibitioner from September 1907 to December 1909, placed on entry in form III, and leaving from form V. On leaving school he became a clerk to Mr F E Burrows, an Auctioneer …

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Arthur Jessie Briars

Arthur was born on 8 February 1891 the son of Mary and George Briars, headmaster of the Royal British School in Thame, where unsurprisingly Arthur received his elementary education. He was one of three brothers to both go to the school and fight in the Great War.  Arthur arrived at LWGS on 19 September 1902 with a …

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Charles Blood

Charles was born in on 2 February 1870 in Silverdale, Lancashire, son of Thomas and Mary Ann. Thomas seems to have changed his job and residences fairly frequently. In 1881, aged 11, Charles was living with his mother, grown-up sister Charlotte aged 25, elder brother, Henry two years older born at Woodhouse in Staffordshire, two younger …

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A F Birch

Very little is known about him. In 1909 he is recorded as living in Maida Vale, London, He is listed in the Roll of Honour as a 2nd Lieutenant and later a Captain in the 10th battalion Highland Light Infantry. He may also be the A F Birch. Rank: Captain. Medal Awarded: British War Medal …

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Arthur Bidmead

Arthur was born in Thame on 17 December 1879 and while his precise dates at the school are unknown they are likely to be the very early 1890s. The family lived on Buttermarket adjacent to the Saracen’s Head, his father was an ironmonger and Arthur had seven siblings. By 1911, he was married to Lillie …

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