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Stop number YELLOW 11: Walk just up the hill from where you are standing for the CWGC grave of W G Page.
W G Page CWGC grave
W G Page CWGC grave
Now read the story below and when you are ready to move on click on the dot/circle for W Youens.

Grave of William George Page ShaftesburyS
Grave of William George Page Shaftesbury Street (SWOP HWS20851)

Mrs Mary Ann Page nee Finch (1842 –1923)

I am Mary Ann Page the mother of Alfred Dan Page, and grandmother of William George Page and the aunt of Cecil Leonard Page.

We were bakers in Shaftesbury Street in High Wycombe. My husband William was the son of a baker so it was in his blood as they say. We had nine children in total but three had died as youngsters so when war broke out there was William junior, also a baker, Fred, Marion, Albert, Ethel and Alfred.

In 1901 my husband died and the family eventually moved to 70, Green Street where my son Alfred lodged with me until his marriage to Bertha (nee Moorcock) in 1911. Alfred broke family tradition and became a carpenter and worked for Burgess Brothers, the builders in Gerrards Cross, and also for Broom and Wade at one time too.

In April 1916, my grandson William, who was a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery, was wounded in action and he was taken to Dublin Castle Red Cross Hospital where he had had to have his leg amputated. Sadly complications arose and he died in October. His body was brought back to England for burial and full military honours were given as the cortege passed through Dublin City.

The funeral service was held back here at All Saints Parish Church, with semi-military honours. The Royal Field Artillery in Wycombe supplied the gun carriage, bearers, trumpeters, and a firing party at the cemetery. Three volleys were fired over the grave and the Trumpeters sounded ‘’The Last Post’’.

Also in 1916, in August, our nephew Cecil was killed at the Somme. He had worked for Walter Skull and Son, chair manufacturers in the London Road, but enlisted in September 1914. He had been slightly wounded twice, once in July and then again in mid-August. He was last seen going ‘over the top’ on August 23rd and was initially reported as missing. When all hope was lost he was officially recorded as killed in action. His body has never been identified.

We are still coming to terms with our loss but more tragedy is to befall us when in August 1917 my dear son Alfred is killed in action in France. He will join the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on the 29th March 1917 and will have only been at the Front two months before he’s killed. His company commander will write to his wife and child to say that he showed great coolness under fire and was a great example to the younger soldiers who held him in high esteem. He will be 35.

(Both my husband and I are buried in the cemetery. William is in E 66 CON Public and I am in E 48 CON Public – that’s the problem with a public grave, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be together.)

Researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Margaret Anderton of Flackwell Local Area History Group
Mrs Page researched by Sally Scagell and performed by Margaret Anderton of Flackwell Local Area History Group

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