Category: OTs

John Clement Purnell

One of the longest serving members of staff is someone who’s life story we know in some detail. That he worked at the School part time is no matter as it could be said he was responsible for establishing the foundations for LWS to become one of the country’s leading sports schools. John Clement Purnell …

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These are biographies of some of the pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years (1879-1891). THOMAS WYKES GIBBARD C.B., C.B.E., M.B. Durh. Major-General T. W. Gibbard, who died on Aug. 11 at the age of 92, qualified in 1886 and graduated B.M. with honours at Durham University three years later. After entering …

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Biography of Arthur Forbes

These are biographies of some of the pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years. Arthur Forbes: Cambridge University alumni bio: Pens. at CHRIST’S, Oct. 2, 1885. [4th] s. of Henry Twisden [Col., late Bengal Staff]. B. [Oct. 4, 1866], at Wanstead, Essex. Schools, Collège de Montreux, Switzerland and Thame Grammar, Oxford. Matric. …

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Biography of John Biggs Denchfield

These are a series of biographies of pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years 1879 to 1891. John Biggs Denchfield was one of the early pupils at the school – he appears in the 1881 Census – and also in 1891 officiated at Plummer’s funeral. Born Nov. 3, 1864 in Bucks. Schools, …

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John Quartly

Sad news, passed on by Nadine Redman, his sister: John Quartly, 91, died recently. He was at LWGS in the 1940s, and had been living in Colchester for some years. He had been ill for quite a time but many years was a staunch supporter of the OTA.

Two brothers

OTs who served in the 1st World War Francis Alexander Fayers Born on 13 January 1899 in Oxford, the younger brother of William. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as a boarder at the school, and according to the school records he served in the RASC. The military record at the National Archives records …

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One doctor, two generations, four soldiers, one fatality

OTs who served in the 1st World Wa Arthur Reginald Kepp Edsell (day pupil) The Edsell family made a great contribution both to life in Thame and to the British Army over a long period. Arthur was born in July 1889 at Thame where he lived in High Street, the second son of Annie Mabel …

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Two generations, two wars, two deaths

OTs who served in the 1st World War Sidney Maskell Dicker (boarder?) Sidney was born in Brixton, in October 1886, and he and his sister May were brought up by his mother Louisa Dicker, and uncle Charles Maskell.  Sidney was at LWGS around 1900 but is not listed as a boarder in 1901.  He married Dora Edith …

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Three brothers from Chesham

OTs who served in the 1st World War Clifford Ewart Cyril Deverell Clifford was born around August 1890 at Chesham, the son of Elizabeth Juggins née Loosley and Ebenezer Deverell, a bank clerk, later a bank manager, living at 108/110 Church Road. Ebenezer, by then living in Stanley Avenue, Chesham died on 7thDecember 1907 at the relatively …

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Leslie Edgar De Pass

OT’s who served in the 1st World War Whereas Geoffrey roamed the world, Leslie, Geoffrey’s elder brother by two years, seems to have been less ambitious and adventurous. He was born on 2nd July 1894. His early life and schooling were the same as Edgar’s, staying at LWGS and moving to High Wycombe GS in …

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