THAME: Former Lord Williams pupil’s war diaries released

An extract from Raymond Hester's Great War diaries
An extract from Raymond Hester's Great War diaries

The diaries of a former Lord Williams’s pupil who served in the Great War have been shared on the Old Thamensians’s Association’s website.

The diary was written in December 1915 while Raymond Hester was serving in France as a rifleman.

Raymond served in the infantry and during that time suffered wounds which led to him being sent back to England from the trenches.

One of the many stories recounted in the diaries is of Raymond spending Christmas Day in the trenches and on that day having to fetch water.

Raymond, who passed away in 1972, went to the school along with his brothers Percy and Sydney.

He also played cricket and football for Lord Williams’s.

His father Charles owned Hester and Son Jewellers Ltd in Thame High Street.

Old Thamensians’s Asssociation archivist Graham Thomas said: “We were sent these diaries by his family and it is great to have the first hand story of an old Thamensian who survived the war in our archives.

“They provide a fascinating insight into life in the trenches and are a very important addition to our collection.”

The view the diaries go to