Category Archive: OTs

Jan 17

Gerard Gould Archive

An archive of photographs from the Gerard Gould collection is now available at our on-line archive.

Jan 17

December 2014 e-newsletter

The last e-newsletter was sent out over Christmas but can also be read here at our on-line link.

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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Nov 14

Donald Patrick Shaw

The life of Donald Patrick Shaw is one that we have been researching because of the centenary of the start of the Great War. Shaw was the son of Rev Alfred Edward Shaw who was headmaster of the school from 1899 to 1920. He was born on 29 Mar 1888 in Melcombe Regis, Dorset when …

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Nov 10

A C Dyer and the Aris brothers

Recently, we were contacted by Sarah Dyer, a grand-daughter of Arthur Dyer who was headmaster at LWGS from 1929 to 1948. Her father David Dyer moved to Australia (and this is where she writes from as she now lives in Melbourne) and he too became an educationist and was principal of schools in Victoria (he …

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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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Jun 28

Ken Bailey

News of Ken Bailey who died on June 22: his funeral will be held on July 2nd at 2 pm, St Mary’s Church Thame.

Apr 23


Geoff Branner who was at the school in the 1960s has been appointed at the new President of the UK’s largest teachers union, the NASUWT. His Presidential Address can be read here.

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