William Hubbard was born in Haddenham in 1878 the son of Thomas and Susannah Hubbard, agricultural labourer, who later lived in Church Rd Thame.
When a soldier from Thame died in 1902 a newspaper wrote; “His made the fourth life Thame had yielded to swell the death roll of those who left kith and kindred in order to fight the battles of their country”. William Hubbard was one of three soldiers from Thame who died in the space of three months, in the summer of 1900.
This was a period of British counteroffensives that enabled the British to capture the Boer capital, Pretoria. 322 Driver William Hubbard, 1 Division Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers died of typhoid on 8th May 1900 at Ladysmith age 22 and was buried in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
He is remembered on the Royal Engineers Boer War Memorial Arch at Chatham, Kent and on the Boer War memorial plaque at St Mary’s Church, Thame.