Duke's tribute to Thame's lost heroes

About 300 people saw the Duke of Gloucester visit Thame for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of an additional 30 names on the town War Memorial.

The additional names were uncovered after many years of research by the Thame Remembers Project. Pupils from Lord Williams’s School read the names of the 30 men and Thame Cadets unveiled a new display at the Memorial Garden.

The ceremony ended with a Chinook flyover from RAF Benson.

The duke (pictured at the memorial) laid a wreath on behalf of the King; Councillor Alison Rooke, Chair of Oxfordshire County Council; Councillor Kellie Hinton, Chair of South Oxfordshire District Council; Councillor Andy Gilbert, Mayor of Thame; and Mr Allan Hickman for Thame Remembers.

The project was established to research the names of all of those listed on Thame’s war memorials. It also invited local people to visit the graves or battlefield memorials of the town’s war dead.

As a result, more than 300 people from Thame travelled about 150,000 miles to commemorate 212 men covering 23 countries, four continents, 165 soldiers, 18 sailors, 28 airmen, one diplomat, and five conflicts – the Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, and Cyprus Conflict.