Category Archive: Great War

Aug 08

Wilfred Ernest Cubbage War Diary

W E Cubbage – an Introduction In brief he was one of the brightest pupils of his era. The admissions register has the following information about him. Wilfred Ernest Cubbage, born 12 Jan 1897, son of Arthur Edwin Cubbage, ‘smith’ living in Queen’s Road, Thame. Oxon. Admitted to LWGS on 17 Sep 1909 on a …

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Nov 02

What we know of the Great War wounded during 1915

The army made every effort to care for its wounded soldiers to make them fit again as soon as possible. Most of the OTs wounded in 1915 returned to active service, like Leslie Sprenger in Egypt, some of them only to be wounded again, like his brother Ben Sprenger and George Lynton Edsell. Others, like …

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Feb 06

George Bertie Parker

At the end of 2014, one of the Thame Remembers wooden crosses was laid on George Parker’s grave in New Zealand. So what do we know about George? – Born in Cowley, Oxford 8 November 1866. – Only son of George Parker (1833 – 1900), who for many years was Clerk of the University Schools …

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Jan 18

New Roll of Honour Board

At the Committee Meeting in January it was agreed that we would mount a third Roll of Honour Board in the School to record the names of those who were omitted from the first two. In addition we agreed to add the names of OTs killed in the Boer War. The new names are as …

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Nov 27

Founder’s Day 2014 – the Address by the Rev Alan Garratt

This year has been a significant one in terms of remembrance. At 11pm on Monday 4th this year, lights went out across the country as we envisaged the sinking feeling that our forebears must have experienced a hundred years ago, as Germany failed to responds to the British ultimatum that could have prevented war. Diplomacy …

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Nov 16

Christmas in the trenches: 1914.

Raymond Hester enlisted with the London Brigade in December 2014. By Christmas he was in France and sent to the Front Line on December 23rd. He kept a diary: December 23rd: This is the trenches and it is jolly hard to write. We started this morning from Verquin at 5 AM and marched via Bourree …

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Aug 24

Raymond Hester’s War Diary

We have now uploaded the transcript of Raymond Hester’s war diary on to our digital archive. The diary was written over the December 1915 period when Mr Hester was serving in France before he was wounded. His journey started in Watlington in early December having signed up to the London Irish an informal group that …

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Aug 17

War Record for Raymond Hester

    Raymond Hester joined the 18th Battalion London Regiment in August 1915. He served with them in France for less than a month before being wounded and returning to England. We will be posting a copy of his diary later.

Aug 17

Raymond Hester

The Hester family have many connections with Lord Williams School and Thame. Raymond and his two brothers Percy and Sydney went to the school and their father Charles owned Hester and Son, Jewellers Ltd in the High Street, Thame. Raymond played cricket and football for the school. Raymond and Percy served in the infantry in …

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Apr 13

Richard John Green

Richard Green’s name is read out on every Founder’s Day as he was one of the OTs killed in the 1st World War – when he was aged 21. Recently, we’ve been piecing together his story. Richard was born on 9th April 1898 in Camberwell in south London. He appears in the 1901 census aged …

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