John Hampden Grammar School

Cecil Page

Cecil was born in 1894 in High Wycombe and baptised on Feb 1st 1894 again in High Wycombe. His parents were Arthur Page, a chair maker, and Hilda. Cecil had one brother and one sister. In 1911 they lived in 54 West End Road but by 1916 had moved to 126 Desborough Road. He attended the School in 1912 and he achieved a City and Guilds qualification in cabinet making (1st class.)

 

He enlisted into the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (1st Bucks Battalion) in Aylesbury on September 21st 1914 and died aged 23 on August 23rd 1916 in the Somme. On August 23rd the 1st Bucks Battalion were asked go over the top between Thiepval and Pozieres. 17 other 1st Bucks Battalion members were never found. Before going over the top there was a barrage that didn’t reach the German positions. Many were killed immediately and others as they lay in no man’s land as they tried to wait until it was dark. His body was never identified and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and also on the St. John’s memorial in Desborough Road. His listing with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission can be found here.

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