Graham Thomas

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Thame Remembers – the fallen.

A book has been recently published about those who served and fell principally but not exclusively in the 1st World War, and who had a connection with Thame. Unfortunately some of the information with reference to the school and OTs is incorrect, which is a disappointment for the OTA. Nonetheless if you wish to purchase …

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John Hampden War Memorial Fund 2018

We are pleased to announce that we had over 70 successful applicants this year for awards from the John Hampden War Memorial Fund, and almost £13,000 to distribute so we were also able to give the school several thousand pounds to buy much needed equipment. Currently, the fund is doing very well with our capital …

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Founder’s Day 2018

Founder’s Day 3 November 2018 Founder’s Day will be held on Saturday 3rd November. Event times: Church opens 08:45 09:00 – 09:45: Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Thame, including music performances by the Willie Howe scholars, and Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus. In addition a poem has been composed for us that will be read …

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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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