At the Committee Meeting in January it was agreed that we would mount a third Roll of Honour Board in the School to record the names of those who were omitted from the first two. In addition we agreed to add the names of OTs killed in the Boer War.
The new names are as follows:
Michael Bond – Trooper Michael William Bond, of the 59 Company (Oxfordshire) 15 Btn Imperial Yeomanry. Died of enteric fever on 18 August1900 at Kroonstad, South Africa.
Trooper H Reynolds – of the 10th Company Imperial Yeomanry was severely wounded on 14 Feb 1901 at Wolmaranstadt. He died prematurely from his wounds back in England.
Charles R B Plim – 116th Company Imperial Yeomanry killed in action near Steinkop in 1902 aged 20. His father was a Solicitor’s Clerk in Thame, and Charles attended the school in the 1890s.
1st World War
James Arthur Greenhalgh – The first war casualty from Lord Williams’s was James Arthur Greenhalgh who had taught Classics as an Assistant Master from 1911-12 (before moving to Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School, Lancashire). He had been a member of Manchester University Officers Training Corps and was on the Reserve of Officers. At the outbreak of the War, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment and left for France on 7 September 1914 to oppose the German attempt to reach the Channel ports. His battalion took part in the Battle of the Aisne, the fighting at La Bassee, Festubert and Violaines. On the 20 October the Germans launched a huge offensive stretching from Arras to the Channel. This included a massive assault on the 1st Cheshire’s positions at Violaines. James was among 53 men of his battalion killed in action at or near Violaines on 22 October 1914.
Bertram Wheeler Mason – a boarder at Lord William’s Grammar School from 1909 to 1911. He died at sea in 1915 on the HMS Clan McNaughton – Mercantile Marine Reserve. Bertram’s father was a District Judge in the Ceylon Civil Service and after retiring he and his family lived in London. Bertram came to LWGS as a boarder and stayed until 1911. Sometime after leaving school he joined Mr Philip E Farr FSAA as an articled clerk and began his training to become an accountant. In December 1914 he volunteered to join the crew who were preparing to sail on HMS Clan McNaughton. His role was to act as Clerk to the ship’s captain Commander R Jeffreys.
The Clan McNaughton was a 4985 ton passenger cargo vessel, built in 1911 and requisitioned November 1914 from the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow, becoming an Armed Merchant Vessel and formally commissioned on December 7th 1914; she left Sheerness on December 15th and arrived in Liverpool on January 17th; she left Liverpool on 23rd but returned a few days later. We are unsure when she left Liverpool again but she did steam out and was last heard of at 6am February 3rd off the north coast of Ireland. No distress signal was received and wreckage was later found in the area but there were no survivors and the Clan McNaughton was presumed sunk with the 281 strong crew. (Details from the National Archives.)
2nd World War
Howard Marples Stockwell Wagner – died three years after the end of the War as a result of spending three years as a PoW. He had a plantation in Malaya (as the country was then known as) and was one of the three Wagner brothers at the school. His brother E G S Wagner was killed in the 1st World War, Their father was a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Malaya.