Category Archive: Obituary

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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Oct 01

Robert Ernest Crawford

Remarkably, while Mr Crawford attended the school in the 1890s, this year his generosity once again favoured us when we were informed that a legacy payment in his will was due to the John Hampden War Memorial Fund. He was born in Newtown, Canningham, Res, Donegal, Ireland with an Anglo-Irish background. His father was the Rev. …

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Mar 08

The interesting but baffling story of Harold Gilmour

We did some research into the circumstances of the death of Harold Gilmour (a boarder, 1920-21) who, according to family history, died as a result of an accident during PE. Harold Gilmour, entered the school in September 1919. (The register at this period was poorly kept and contains minimal detail.) He appears in the terminal lists …

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Mar 22

Obituary for Miss May Hockley, Headmistress of Thame Girls Grammar School, 1916 – 1948

The news of the death of Miss May Hockley, former co-principal of the Girls’ Grammar School, will stir many memories in Thame and the large area of surrounding villages from which day pupils were drawn The old order has indeed long given place to new, but the influence of Miss Hockley and her co-principal, Miss …

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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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Jun 29

A E Morton

Alan Morton died on 29th April with Lung Cancer. Alan joined the school in September 1947 and played for the School’s 1st XV in 1951/52 and 1952/53. He lived in Horspath and was a regular attendee to the annual “Class of ’49” reunions. Alan is in the photo below along with a piece about the …

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Jan 31

Ray Hawes Memorial Cricket Match – 29 June 2014 at 1400

To remember and celebrate the life of Ray Hawes a memorial cricket match is being held this summer between a Ray Hawes XI and a Nigel Cassidy XI. Ray Hawes died in November in Charleston, South Carolina, USA age 75. He was an outstanding local sportsman at cricket, golf, squash and table tennis. He captained …

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Dec 20

Tom Wood Memorial Match – 04 January 2014 at 1100

Picture of Tom Wood

There is to be a memorial match at Chinnor RFC on Saturday 4th January 2014 for OT Tom Wood who, many may remember, died suddenly in November this year aged just 37. There are, at present, some 45 players returning to play in this fixture.  Approximately 25 of whom are OTs.  The intention is for …

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Dec 20

Ray Hawes

Picture of Ray Hawes

It is with great sadness to report the death of Ray Hawes, aged 75, on Sunday 3rd November after a long battle with cancer.  He died peacefully at home in Mt Pleasant, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Ray was an outstanding local sportsman, one of the best of his generation.  He was a very talented cricketer …

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