Category Archive: Great War

Jul 13

George Cygnet Baker

George was born on 18 December 1897, the son of Annie and George, the owner of the Swan Hotel in Thame. His father was originally from Surrey, and Annie was George (Snr)’s second wife as he had been widowed. When they married, George Snr was 47 and Annie was 27. George (Jnr) was born a year after …

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Jul 13

Frank Edwin Bailey

Frank was an elder brother of George Bailey the famous footballer and the subject of an earlier post. Less is known about him but he was born in Thame 17 October 1887 where the family ran a butchers. However after leaving school in the early 1900s, while he remained in Thame, he worked in an …

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Jul 13

Thomas Douglas Ambrose

Tom Douglas Ambrose Tom was born on 31 October 1895 at Chilton near Thame where his father was the headmaster of the local elementary school. One of four children, he entered LWGS as a day boy in the summer term of 1908, placed in form III and left at the end of the spring term 1911 …

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Jul 13

H E Allsebrook (boarder)

Continuing our commemoration of those Old Tamensians who served in the First World. H E Allsebrook (boarder)  He was probably born in Warwickshire where he was living in 1901 when he was admitted to LWGS but was living in Badsey Vicarage Evesham in 1909. He was a good cricketer and captained the school team in …

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Jun 17

Walter George Bailey

Known as George or Joe, he was born on the 19 February 1890, the youngest of five sons of Emma and James Bailey, a butcher in High Street Thame. He was at LWGS from the early years of the 20th century, until 1906 at the latest. On leaving school he did not follow his two eldest brothers …

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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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