Veteran tracing the roots of the fallen
Former soldier looking for information on heroes
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. co.uk.