Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

Battle of the Somme

10th October 1916. John Raikes. G Social, 1910. 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. Killed in action.

John Raikes was one of the most promising mathematicians to have been educated at Radley for many years. He came to the School as the Heathcote Mathematical Scholar and left it having won a Mathematical Exhibition to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He joined up before he could take his place at Oxford.

As an athlete, he was a cross-country runner who ran second in the School mile:

He bore a spotless character, and he had a keen sense and appreciation of the humorous, and the recollection of the twinkle in his eye is abiding. On the intellectual side he deserves more than a passing notice. Besides helping his Social to gain the Croome casket in 1913, he must always be remembered with honour as being the first Radleian for very very many years to win a Mathematical distinction at the University. His future there was full of promise, but he at once answered his Country’s call and fell as a very gallant gentleman

Aged 20


His uncle, Frederick Raikes, died in Mesopotamia in 1917.

He was at Oxford Prep School and is commemorated on their War Memorial

John Raikes, 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

John Raikes, 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme