The name H T Wilson appears on both Thame War Memorial and St Mary’s Church Memorial Board as dying during World War One, but no further details are provided. Whilst the name Wilson is a reasonably common name throughout the country there was only one Wilson family in Thame at this time. They lived in Church Row andthere is no-one in that family with the initials H T or even just H.
A search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show four entries for servicemen named Wilson with the initials H T, but no connection with Thame can be established. Further searches of World War One records show five soldiers and one sailor named H T Wilson who served during World War One and survived, but again there is no apparent connection to Thame.
It is possible that H T Wilson’s links to Thame were through a relative and so it was worth extending the search to local villages where the name Wilson is more common. One possibility is Harry Wilson, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, who is commemorated on Haddenham War Memorial, but no second name is given and again no link to Thame has been
H T Wilson is remembered in Thame on the War Memorial and St Mary’s Church Memorial Board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to National Memorial Arboretum on 22nd July 2018 by Roger Mackriell