Graham Chard Loader was born in Thame in 1891, the son of Martha and John Loader, who was a corn merchant at 18 Cornmarket.
The family moved to Newport, Isle of Wight, where Graham went to the County School, before taking up a job with the Capital and Counties Bank in Newport. In February 1909 he enlisted with the Hampshire Territorial’s, and was gazetted with the 1/8th (Isle of Wight Rifles ) battalion in 1913.
At the outbreak of war he volunteered for foreign service, being promoted to Captain on 19th June 1915, and embarked for the Dardenelles on the 29th July. On the 12th August the 1/8th were one of three battalions of the 163rd Brigade ordered to attack Turkish positions. Advancing over open ground, they came under heavy machine gun fire near Anafarta.
Captain Loader was hit by a bullet in the mouth, dying almost instantly. He was one of almost 300 casualties suffered by the battalion on that day. It was reported at the time that he was buried on the battlefield, but his grave must have subsequently been destroyed by ensuing fighting.
His name is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, as well as several memorials in the Isle of Wight. In Thame he is remembered on the town war memorial.