Thame Remembers Lance Corporal Albert Horace (Tiger) Quainton
Albert Horace (Tiger) Quainton. Oxford and Bucks L.I. Regimental no 5382931 – Tiger, as he was known was the youngest child of Sydney and Edith Eliza Quainton (nee Howes) and was born on 26th March 1920.
He spent his childhood years in Moreton and went to school in Thame. On leaving school he went to work at the local brickworks and in 1937, (the family now living in Thame), he joined the Oxford and Bucks L.I.
He was a motor cycle dispatch rider and promoted Lance Corporal in the 43rd Reg.HQ wing in August 1938.
He went to France in November 1939 and later served in Ireland and England before returning to France shortly after the D Day landings of June 6th 1944.
On 23rd July 1944 he was wounded while driving a jeep which became pinned down under mortar fire at a cross roads just outside Caen.
He was brought back to St Martin’s hospital in Bath where he died on 8th November 1944 from his wounds ,which had he survived would have left him paralysed as his back and internal organs wee badly damaged.
His funeral at St. Mary’s Parish Church Thame was the first in Thame of our local casualties of the Second World War.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to St Mary’s Churchyard, Thame on 03rd August 2014 by Rosalie Gibson (his niece)