Thame Remembers Captain Colin George Price Cuthbert
Colin George Price Cuthbert was born in Brecknock , Wales in 1918 before moving to Chinnor with his parents James and Edith Cuthbert, both school teachers. He subsequently attended Lord Williams’s school in Thame where he was a pupil from 1929 to 1936, and was awarded a closed exhibition (financial grant) to attend St Catherine’s College in Oxford.
At the beginning of WW2, Colin joined the 101 Royal Armoured Corps Officer Cadet Training Unit at Sandhurst and in August 1940 was given an emergency commission as 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Tank Regiment.
Early in 1942 Colin married Dorothy Knowlson in Chinnor. By the end of 1942, his battalion, the 51st Leeds Rifles, was fully trained and equipped with Churchill Mark IV tanks. They embarked in January 1943 for North Africa.
In May 1943, the battalion was engaged in the final ground attack against the German forces in Tunisia, and 145462 Captain Colin George Price Cuthbert was killed on the 7th May, near Bou Arada, the day the British Army entered Tunis and six days before the final German surrender in North Africa.
He was buried in Bou Arada Military Cemetery, before being moved to Medjez-el-Bab Cemetery in July 1944.
His daughter, who he never saw, was born in 1943. In Thame his name is commemorated on the Lord Williams’s School Board.