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Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

11 days until Armistice

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: Passport. This allowed his father to travel to the military hospital at Le Touquet. He mother also travelled out and stayed to nurse him in the hospital for several weeks. She missed her daughter’s wedding to do this.

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

12 days until Armistice

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: Rail tickets. These were in his pocket book when he was wounded.  Return tickets from Fenchurch St, London and from Ypres

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

13 days until Armistice

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: Telegrams. Long-awaited, deeply dreaded: The call-up telegram, 11 July 1915; The parents’ telegram – ‘your wounded son is now back in England’, 3 September 1915

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

17 days until Armistice

Brothers in Arms

Aidan James 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.  He continued serving with the Territorials after the War.

Today we feature: Citation for the Croix de Guerre

Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

22 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.

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Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

23 days until Armistice

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. For all of them there was the constant question whether it was all futile: the War itself, educating those about to die, and the massive changes to society which the War brought about.

Today we feature: Programme for Entertainments, 21 December 1915. Note that Part 2 is dominated by Patriotic Songs