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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

16th October 1918

Thomas Babington, G Social 1903, Lt, Indian Army. Died of pneumonia on active service in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq)

Thomas Babington was a Junior Scholar. He played for the Cricket XI and was Captain of the Soccer team. After school, he attended Magdalen College, Oxford.  He went out to India in 1913 as Professor of English Literature at the Government College, Rangoon, Burma. He joined up in 1916 as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers; promoted to Acting Captain 108th Infantry in 1917.

Aged 29

Radley College prefects, 1908

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

27 days until Armistice

Art and propaganda

Today we feature: The Great War: a neutral’s indictment. By Louis Raemaekers. London, Fine Art Society, 1916.

Why fight the War? The invasion and atrocities committed in Belgium by German forces were widely reported and denied.  The Netherlands was neutral, so refugees streamed across the border. With them, they carried stories of German atrocities against the Belgian people. Dutchman Raemaekers secretly crossed the border into Belgium to see for himself if the stories were true and returned outraged at what he had witnessed. He began to produce fiercely Anti-German political cartoons that burned with the passion of personal conviction. Raemaekers’ cartoons were picked up for distribution by the British government in a series of propaganda pamphlets. The campaign was so effective, the Germans used their influence in the Netherlands to have Raemaekers tried for “endangering Dutch neutrality”. The charges were eventually dropped, but Kaiser Wilhelm II put a bounty of 12,000 marks on his head. The cartoon collection

The cartoons of Louis Raemaekers constitute the most powerful of the honorable contributions made by neutrals to the cause of civilization in the World War.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 1917.

Raemaekers. The harvest ripe. August 1914

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

14th October 1918

Arthur Buchanan, E Social 1899. Lt, 45th Wing, Royal Air Force. Died of illness whilst on leave from France

Arthur Buchanan was from Cape Town, South Africa. He only attended Radley for one year. On leaving school in 1900 he went back to South Africa. He returned in 1904 to attend Trinity College, Cambridge.

He served with the Royal Flying Corps/RAF throughout the war, including some time as a prisoner-of-war in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq).

He died whilst on leave from France and is buried in Brompton Cemetery.

Aged 34

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

28 days until Armistice

A school during wartime

Surviving WW1 – an exhibition in the Coffee Shop, Radley College.  The exhibition is open to visitors to the College from 10am-5pm on weekdays from 25 September until 17 November 2018. (Termtime only – closed from 13-26 October). Please contact the Archivist if you would like to arrange a group visit.

Countdown to Peace blog – preview the exhibition

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

29 days until Armistice

Today we feature: Reg Marix visits Radley, 1914.  After leaving school, Marix joined the navy and was appointed a flying officer in the newly formed Royal Naval Air Service in 1913.  In 1914 he flew his Sopwith Type D, 3 Seater over to Radley – the first aircraft ever to land on the pitches – and took the Warden, Edward Selwyn, for his first flight in a plane.

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

30 days until Armistice

Today we feature: Soliloquies of a subaltern by Eric Cooper. Not all war poets were great war poets, but Eric Cooper’s verses were very popular and echoed many of the themes immortalised in Bairnsfather’s cartoons (on display in another case)

I’d rather clean a bayonet from the scarlet stain upon it,

And feel that I was helping as I should,

Than be widely celebrated as the author of a sonnet

Supposing for an instant that I could.

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

31 days until Armistice

Today we feature: James Jennings, DCM. James Jennings worked for the College as a member of the Housekeeping/Maintenance staff in the 1920s-1940s.  He was born in Cornwall and worked as a tin miner before joining the Lancs and Yorks Regiment at the age of 17.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty east of Cambrai on 13th October, 1918, when acting as Number 1 of a Lewis gun team. While advancing he was hit twice, but kept his gun in action for another half hour until the gun itself was rendered useless.

The DCM is the highest award for gallantry for other ranks and non-commissioned officers, second only to the Victoria Cross. This letter addressed from Radley College sent to the Ministry of Defence in 1933 is the only evidence we have beyond his family’s recollections of him.  With thanks to Truro Museum for alerting us to James Jennings, 2018

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

32 days until Armistice

Brothers in Arms

The Nugee brothers. Three brothers came to B Social before WW1: FJ [John] in 1904, George in 1906 and Andrew in 1909.  All three became Senior Prefect.  All three survived the War, both John and George won the Military Cross.  George trained at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, became a career soldier serving throughout the 1920-30s and retired with the rank of Brigadier (Hon) in 1947.

Today we feature: Distinguished Service Order. Awarded to George Nugee, January 1919. Signed by King George V

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

33 days until Armistice

Brothers in Arms

Aidan James rowed for the VIII in 1908.  On leaving school, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. He then joined the French Foreign Legion, serving with them in France in 1914-15.  He transferred to the British Army in 1915, serving with the Royal Field Artillery until 1920.  He was wounded twice and was awarded both the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

Today we feature: Identity papers for Aidan James, 2me Régiment Etranger

 AND French passport, 1916. Although he was serving in the British Army in 1916, James retained his links with France