Thame’s 100-year-old war hero Arthur Staggs dies

HRH Camilla Duchess of Cornwall with Arthur Staggs in 2012
HRH Camilla Duchess of Cornwall with Arthur Staggs in 2012

Thame’s Arthur Staggs, who secretly operated behind enemy lines in occupied France during the Second World War, has died aged 100.

The self-titled ‘daredevil’ passed away last Thursday (August 22).

Arthur Staggs

Arthur Staggs

Mr Staggs married Elizabeth Wickson in 1942 and settled in Thame following the war. The couple had a daughter, Anne.

In 2010 Thame Town Council made him an honorary citizen in recognition of his distinguished and vital contribution to the French Resistance during the Second World War.

In his later years he had been living at Meadowcroft Care Home.

Mr Staggs was part of a team responsible for disrupting Nazi supply lines during the Second World War and at one point spent two months in captivity after being betrayed.

He also spent time during the war training as a special operations executive wireless operator at Thame’s top secret Park Radio School.

Following news of his death, Thame Town Council said: “It is with deep sadness that Thame Town Council heard that Arthur Staggs had passed away.

“The council wishes to express its sincere condolences to his daughter and members of Arthur’s family at this very difficult time.

“Arthur was a very well respected, loved and thought after member of the community and will be greatly missed.”