Louis Herbert Plested was born in 1919, the son of Sidney and Gladys (nee Honor) Plested, of Shabbington, Buckinghamshire.
He was very popular in the village and a good sportsman, cricket being his favourite game. Before the war he was employed by Messrs R G Holland and Son of Thame.
Entering service with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, Louis embarked from Southampton with the 4th Battalion on 18th January 1940, disembarking in Le Havre, and then travelling to Northern France.
With the German invasion of the Low Countries, the battalion moved into Belgium billeting in Alsemberg, south of Brussels. On the 17th May, the retreat from Belgium began during which numerous casualties were incurred.
On 22nd May, during the battle on the line of the river Scheldt (Escaut), Private 5387546 Louis Herbert Plested was one of several men from the battalion killed near the village of Bleharies. He is buried in Bruyelle War Cemetery, Belgium.
Louis is remembered on the war memorial in Shabbington, but has yet to be commemorated in Thame.