Charles R B Plim was born in Thame in 1881 to parents Charles and Matilda Plim, solicitor’s clerk, of 16 East St Thame. He was the only son of Mr C J Plim and was educated at Thame.
At the time of his enlistment in Thame on the 1st October 1901 he was working as a farmer.
The following is a newspaper report of the time.
“A THAME MAN KILLED IN ACTION It is with regret that we have to record the death of Trooper C R B Plim of Thame who was killed in an engagement with the Boers at Steinkop, Namaqualand, on April 28th. Trooper Plim, who was but 20 years of age, joined the Yeomanry force in December 1899, and went to South Africa with the 59th Company IY, but in 1900 he was invalided home, having been attacked with enteric [typhoid]. On recovering he joined the new Yeomanry force, and again left for the seat of the war on November 3rd last.“
8112 Trooper Charles R B Plim, 116 Company Imperial Yeomanry fell in action 28th April 1902 at Steinkop, South Africa, age 20 and is buried at Klipfontein, Steinkop, South Africa
He is remembered on a memorial at Edward Brooks Barracks, Abingdon, Oxfordshire and the Boer War memorial plaque in St Mary’s church Thame.