Great War Book

Edited, compiled and in part written and illustrated by historians David Du Croz and David Walsh, archivists Clare Russell and Gráinne Lenehan, and photographer Ian Leonard

This limited edition legacy publication is now available and can be purchased via the College website – click here to order and for more details.

These 100 stories with over 400 illustrations bring together many aspects of that rich heritage of the College community 100 years ago. There are stories about the place on the eve of the war, during and after the war; about the people who went to war, those who died and those who survived, and how it changed their lives and their world forever.

Men like classics beak John Bain who wrote over 100 poetic tributes to boys he had taught who were killed; former pupils like Sidney Woodroffe who at the age of 19 and one year on from being Senior Prefect found himself in charge of a counter-attack against a ferocious German offensive, an act of courage which was to earn him a posthumous VC; young men like Charles Prangley – “Doox” – whose parents commemorated their son in a beautifully illuminated missal bound in wood from his father’s vicarage orchard, with an embedded gold cross made from his mother’s wedding ring; survivors like Ian Fraser, blinded in 1916, who became an MP, a champion for blind veterans, and was ennobled in 1958 as Lord Fraser of Lonsdale.

Professionally researched and beautifully bound, these 749 copies are dedicated to the lasting memory of the pupils, beaks and staff who gave their lives a century ago. With a Foreword by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and contributions from many OMs with particular family stories, this publication brings to a conclusion the College’s commemoration of the centenary of the Great War.

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