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Welcome to the October Newsletter.

And soon some - maybe many of you - will be coming to the Sixth Form Awards. What great night is in store. Remember to get there early as last year it was more than a full house.

It's great to see that the spirit of the school is alive and thriving. And here's another example: 
 Nathan Swift organised a 92-94 reunion held a couple of weeks go in Thame and the photos show what a success it was! Why? Because we all love the school. (See some photos of the evening are on our Facebook page.)

Responding to feedback we've simplified the format of the newsletter to make it easier to read on a phone. We hope you agree it does indeed achieve this.

Latest news on Founders Day is that the rugby match will go ahead and we've updated the running order below.
Alumni Update

This month we list some alumni who run their own businesses...
Ash Goodall has own marketing consultancy called Hybrid; Judith More has her own publishing company Fil Rouge Press; Helen Calcraft is a Founding Partner at Lucky Generals; Janice Bowles is a hypnotherapist; Gloria Brown runs My Way Marketing; Derek Stoakes runs a vets practice in Ledbury; Adam Carey is founder of Corperformance; Mark Goodall owns All Good Cleaning Services; Sam Osborne owns her own design studio; Glenn Mitchell is a photographer. 

Founder's Weekend
Just a reminder of the arrangements for the Founder's Weekend:

Friday 7th November 2014 
1930 Sixth Form Awards Evening in the Hall, Oxford Road, Thame

Saturday 8th November 2014 Founder's Day
0845 St Mary's Church Opens
0915 Service Starts
1015 Coffee at the school's Foundation Centre, Oxford Road
1045 AGM of the Old Tamensians's Association
1145 School Tours
1230 Lunch - cost £12 plus honesty bar
1400 Rugby**
1500 Onwards - tea in the Hall with lovely buns and cakes
1900 Lord Williams's Festival Chorus, The Ealing Symphony Orchestra Karl Jenkins Arms of the Man, Thame Leisure Centre, Oxford Road.

Sunday 9th November 
1000: Remembrance Day Parade, Thame.
Great War

We received a letter from Carol Mason recently....
I was reading the section on your website relating to the Great War
and noticed that my great uncle, Bertram Wheeler Mason, is not included in your list of casualties. He is listed as a boarder at Lord William's Grammar School in the 1911 Census and died at sea in 1915 on the HMS Clan McNaughton - Mercantile Marine Reserve.
He was a writer on the ship so I wasn't quite sure whether that would qualify him for being included on a memorial in the years just after the war. 

Do you have any further information?

So jointly we did some checking. Bertram's father was a District Judge in the Ceylon Civil Service and after retiring he and his family lived in London. Bertram came to LWGS as a boarder and stayed until 1913. After leaving school he joined Mr Philip E Farr FSAA as an articled clerk and began his training to become an accountant. In December 1914 he volunteered to join the crew who were preparing to sail on HMS Clan McNaughton. His role was to act as Clerk to the ship's captain Commander R Jeffreys.  

The Clan McNaughton was a 4985 ton passenger cargo vessel, built in 1911 and requistioned November 1914 from the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow, becoming an Armed Merchant Vessel.

The Clan McNaughton was berthed in Liverpool and after one short sailing up the Scottish coast for the purposes of training the crew in January she returned to port before leaving at the beginning of February for an unknown destination - although this might have been another training voyage..
She was last heard from on the morning of 3rd February 1915 off the north coast of Ireland. No distress signal was received and wreckage was later found in the area but there were no survivors and the Clan McNaughton was presumed sunk with the 281 strong crew.

In the Naval records held in the National Archives there is no speculation as to the cause of the sinking. It remains one of those mysteries of the sea.
Did you go to Denmak in 1965?

The you'll love this video of the trip transferred from 8mm footage taken by Peter More.

John Hampden War Memorial Fund

Applications are now closed and will be reviewed on 22nd October by the Trustees.
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