Veteran trac­ing the roots of the fallen

For­mer sol­dier look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on he­roes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

AN OLD sol­dier is ap­peal­ing for help in trac­ing the roots of fallen ser­vice­men.

Har­vey Weiner, 87, has been re­search­ing the names on the five war memo­ri­als in Chal­font St Peter and a memo­rial in Chal­font St Giles.

Mr Weiner, a veteran of the Sec­ond World War, is ask­ing Ad­ver­tiser read­ers to help track down sev­eral names.

Wil­fred Hepher, who was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal and died aged 34 in 1916, and James Wil­liam Goad, who died aged 27 in 1918, were iden­ti­fied in the 1911 cen­sus as liv­ing in Or­chard Grove, Chal­font St Peter.

Both men were car­pen­ters or builders from Swavesey, in Cam­bridgeshire, and their con­nec­tions with the vil­lage re­main un­known.

Mr Weiner has also at­tempted to track down the back­ground of Thomas John­son, who died in 1945 and is marked at the war memo­rial in Chal­font St Peter Parish Church.

A woman has re­cently told vil­lage au­thor DJ Kelly that Thomas John­son was her hus­band’s grand­fa­ther.

She said he was a pris­oner of war who was ex­e­cuted by the Ja­panese just be­fore the Asian camps were lib­er­ated by Western forces. Through Com­mon­wealth records, Mr Weiner has found two men buried in Far East ceme­ter­ies with the same name, but both are thought to have no con­nec­tions with Bucks.

Fred­er­ick Cook died in the First World War and is marked on Chal­font St Giles War Memo­rial. He was in the Army Ser­vice Core for MT (mo­tor trans­port), but the only two men in MT with the same name have no con­nec­tions with the vil­lage, ac­cord­ing to Mr Weiner’s re­search.

Al­fred Jack­son died aged 19 in 1918. He came from the Bucks and Oxon di­vi­sion although he is buried in Portsmouth.

“If you can’t get valid con­nec­tions to a place, you don’t know if you have the right man or not,” said Mr Weiner. “Lo­cal peo­ple have the knowl­edge.”

Those with in­for­ma­tion on th­ese men can con­tact buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.

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