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THAME: Can you help Thame to remember its war heroes?

Members of the Thame Remembers organising committee

Members of the Thame Remembers organising committee

 

A poignant project that aims to lay crosses of remembrance on the graves of 190 men from Thame who died in conflicts has been launched.

Over the past five months, a team of volunteer researchers have spent time tracking down details of all men from Thame killed in either the First or Second World War, the Boer War or the Korean War.

They have also been identifying whether they were killed or laid to rest.

Some are buried in St Mary’s churchyard, but others are buried across the world in countries including Belgium, Greece, Iraq and New Zealand.

Project coordinator Mike Dyer said: “We are appealing to anyone with an appropriate connection to the men or the town to help us lay a Thame Remembers cross on the grave of each serviceman and to formally record the moment.

“Whether they are a relative who would like to join in a planned trip to the battlefields of France or Belgium, or a resident who happens to be going abroad on business or holiday, the project would love to hear from anyone inspired to take part.”

To find out more or to get involved visit www.thameremembers.org.

As part of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, a Lights Out campaign, inviting people across the country to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm took place on Monday August 4.

Local Labour prospective parliamentary candidate Sam Juthani invited Thame residents to join in the event.

He said: “A lot of people did take part and like me posted photos and shared the fact that they were joining in on Twitter.

“This was my way of paying my respects to them.”

 

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