GRAVES and memorials of soldiers from Thame across the world will be honoured with a distinctive cross to mark the centenary of the First World War.
A new project, Thame Remembers, is being launched by historians and enthusiasts in the town to commemorate the 190 men who have died in conflicts over the past 120 years.
The seven war memorials and boards in Thame list all their names but town and district councillor David Bretherton, who is leading the project, and his team want to recognise each soldier with a two-bar cross, which is part of the town’s official logo.
Some of the graves are at St Mary’s in the town, others are in France and Belgium and as far away as Iraq, Tanzania and New Zealand.
Mr Bretherton said: “I have only heard positive things so far from people. We thought some would be really challenging but people are really up for getting involved.
“It has captured people’s imaginations, very much so.
“People have come up to me saying they want to help and have been crying.
“It’s become quite emotional.”
Coach trips are planned to the Somme, Ypres and Arras over the next two years and the first cross will be laid in St Mary’s on August 3 to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
For more details, see thameremembers.org and tomorrow’s Oxford Mail.
Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories
9:30am Saturday 23rd May 2015
Former Oxford United captain Mike Ford is relishing a return to management with Banbury United, after spending more than a year out of the game.
8:29am Friday 22nd May 2015
A HOUSE fire that forced people to jump for their lives was started by a businessman who accused his best man of having an affair with his wife, a jury heard.
3:16pm Friday 22nd May 2015
A WOMAN who went missing from Banbury has been found, police said
3:24pm Friday 22nd May 2015
TRAINS from Oxford could be disrupted after a person was hit by a train between Slough and Reading.
3:23pm Friday 22nd May 2015
TWO teenagers have been arrested after a robbery in Hythe Bridge Street.
9:30am Friday 22nd May 2015
Ryan Taylor remains firmly on Oxford United’s radar despite the signing of Kemar Roofe, according to head coach Michael Appleton.