Category Archive: Obituary

Jul 23

Arthur Bidmead

Arthur was born in Thame on 17 December 1879 and while his precise dates at the school are unknown they are likely to be the very early 1890s. The family lived on Buttermarket adjacent to the Saracen’s Head, his father was an ironmonger and Arthur had seven siblings. By 1911, he was married to Lillie …

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Jul 23

Harold Henry Berridge

Harold Henry was born on 21 July 1897 at Forest Hill, Middlesex, the eldest son of Alice and Harold Berridge Esquire, CIE, OBE, who was listed as a civil engineer in the 1891 census. By the time HH was aged 3 the family were living at East Stonehouse in Devon. Possibly his father was engaged in …

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Jul 23

Philip Bell

Philip was born on 30thJanuary 1899, the youngest son of John Bell and brother of John Stanley Bell (see earlier post). Philip entered LWGS in January 1910, placed in form II, and left in July 1914 from form IVA. He was good at games, a member of the cricket team in 1914. The Tamensiancritic’s view …

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Jul 23

John Stanley Bell

John Stanley Bell   John, the fourth child but first son of Amy and John, a farmer, was born on 17 June 1893 and lived at Ivy House Farm, High Street, Bierton near Aylesbury. He was admitted to LWGS as a boarder in 1908 but stayed only a year. He played in the school football team in …

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Jul 23

Edgar William Baverstock

Edgar was born on September 7,1898, the third child but first son of Mary and William Baverstock, at that time living at 29 Chinnor Road, Thame. In 1901 his father was a joiner and carpenter, presumably working in Thame. Edgar spent nine years in the British (Elementary) school in Thame before entering LWGS in September …

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Jul 23

Harold V Bateman

Harold was born in the spring of 1875, the only son amongst the four children of 44-year old Agnes, living in Alma Square in the Marylebone area of London. No occupation is given for his mother, who had been born in the West Indies, so she probably had private means to bring up her children …

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Jul 23

Stephen Henry Bateley

Stephen was born on 16 May 1896 the eldest child of Victoria and Stephen, owner of a chemist’s shop, living at 682 High Road Tottenham in North London. His early education was at All Hallows Elementary School in Tottenham. Stephen arrived at LWGS as a boarder in 1908 and was placed in form III. He stayed …

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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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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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