Thame Remembers 2nd Lieutenant Henry Claude Bernard
Henry Claude Bernard was born in 1893, son of Dr Claude and Florrie Bernard who lived at 1 Spencer Terrace, Fishponds, Bristol. He was a nephew of W G Grace.
He was head boy at Lord Williams’s Grammar School and studied mathematics at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was in the Officer Training Corps.
Following the outbreak of war, he was appointed to a Temporary Regular Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the General List and was posted for duty with 7th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. He fought in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign where he was wounded by shrapnel and subsequently hospitalized in Alexandria.
He returned to the front line and, at the time of his death aged 22 on 3rd September 1916 during the battle of the Somme, he was attached to the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire regiment.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, and on the Lord Williams’s School Honour Board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France on 31st October 2015 by Cllr Linda Emery (Deputy Mayor of Thame) & Cllr Helena Fickling