The 30 'lost names' now remembered

The Duke of Gloucester will be visiting Thame this month for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of an additional 30 names on the town’s war memorial.

The additional names were uncovered after many years of research by the Thame Remembers project.

Thame Town Council is inviting people to attend the ceremony, which will start at 11am on Tuesday, 11 June at the memorial.

What is the aim of the project?

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War by researching all the names on Thame War Memorials – from all conflicts – to discover more about their lives, to identify the location of their grave or memorial, and place a ‘Thame Remembers’ cross on each resting place, wherever in the world that may be.

How many names are there?

There are at least seven memorials in the town with about 190 individual names.

Where are the graves?

Many of the graves are in France, Belgium and the UK but the remainder are spread far and wide, including Greece, Italy, Egypt, India, Iraq, Singapore, and Tanzania, plus ocean graves where the crew went down with their ships.

For instance, two local men went down with the HMS Formidable, which was torpedoed on New Year’s Day 1915 off the south coast.