Category Archive: Great War

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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Mar 06

The only LWS alumni to feature on a postage stamp

So far as we know Lt Eric Rose MC is the only alumni of the School to feature on a postage stamp: in this instance a commemorative issue from the British Indian Ocean Territories issued in 2008. The stamp can be seen via this link.    

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