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War in your homeland
Today we feature: Radley College Serving Register, 1913-1941. This began life as a list of those Radleians who went into a military career straight from school, but in 1914 events overtook it and all Radleians from 1914-1918 were listed, with a retrospective note of ‘what they did in the War.’
The van der Becke brothers from Antwerp, Belgium came to E Social in September 1914. They returned home in April 1915 and disappear from all Radley records.
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A school during wartime
Maintaining normal school routines must have been very difficult during the War. Staff from all areas joined up or were conscripted, leaving the operational side very short-handed, while the teaching staff were replaced by much older, retired teachers or academics from Oxford who had never taught young boys at all. Parents struggled to find fees, with their own staff or fathers at the Front and rising inflation.
Today we feature: Radley College Revenue Account for the year ending 31 December 1915. The accounts list many boys whose fees were in arrears. Note the new technology: the College now has a telephone, typewriters and a gas works.
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A school during wartime
Today we feature: Radley College Musical Society Minute Book. The Society was formed in 1915. They played some music by contemporary composers but were hampered throughout WW1 by lack of instrumental players. By November 1918, with the end of the War in sight, they resolved to re-found the school orchestra who had not played since 1913
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Today we feature: Radley College Officers’ Training Corps (now CCF) Certificate A. Awarded to Andrew Nugee 1 May 2012. Cert A was a fast track to officer training that allowed young officer cadets to proceed straight to commissions in Kitchener’s New Army in 1914.
AND Radley College OTC cap badge. A replica of this badge will be worn by all the CCF this term in memory of those who fell in WW1. RC Archives Collection
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Brothers in Arms
Andrew Nugee Andrew was severely wounded in the fierce fighting following the Germans’ first use of liquid fire flamethrowers at Hooge, within one week of reaching the Front. In 1921 he took Holy Orders and served as a vicar for the rest of his life, including as Chaplain to St Dunstan’s Hostel for servicemen blinded in WW1.
Today we feature: Appointment as a 2nd Lieutenant in the New Army, 2 November 1914. Addressed to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he had just taken up residence as an undergraduate.
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‘The poets are waiting’
Today we feature: ‘Young England’ by ‘Douglas Strong’, published posthumously 1919. Desmond Cancellor (C 1912) became Senior Prefect in 1916. He wrote ‘Young England’ whilst convalescing from wounds received in 1917. He returned to the Front in October 1918, won the Military Cross and was killed one week later on 1 November 1918.
The novel is a thinly disguised description of life at Radley: ‘he was no blind lover of a system under which he had risen to the top; he longed for its reform and this book describes his own constructive policy for change along the lines of re-adjustment between games and work, body and brain, but it went beyond and touched the spiritual life of the school. There lay his deepest discontent.’ (From the preface by Cyril Hepher)