New boys entered the school at the beginning of the Lent Term in January, Summer Term in April and Michaelmas Term in August. These are indicated as L, S, or M after each entry.
Austin, William George Gardiner. Born 1836. Aged 13 on admission. The son of Rt. Rev. William Piercy Austin, D.D. Bishop of Guiana. One of the first eight prefects in 1851, Senior Prefect in 1853. He left Radley in 1853. He was awarded the Symes Exhibition at Exeter College, Oxford, and a Demyship at Magdalen College, Oxford, both in 1853. He took 3rd Class Classical Mods in 1855, BA 1857, MA 1859. He rowed for Oxford University VIII in 1858. He taught as a Fellow at Radley College 1858-9 – the first boy to return as a teacher at the school. He took Holy Orders in 1859, and then served as Chaplain to the Bishop of Guiana from 1860-1891. He was Inspector of Schools for British Guiana, 1862-91, and Precentor of St George’s Cathedral, Georgetown, 1884-91. He returned to England and served as Rector of Stanway, Essex from 1891-97. He died at Reading on 27th October 1903. (M)
Barton, Mordaunt. Born 1835. Aged 14 on admission. The son of Rev. Henry Jonas Barton, Wicken, Northamptonshire. One of the first eight prefects in 1851. He left Radley in 1853. Attended Exeter College, Oxford, in 1854, taking 3rd Class Classical Mods 1856, BA 1858, Holy Orders 1861. He served as Vicar of St James’s, Dallington from 1875 until 1885, then as Rector of Tickencote, Stamford from 1885 until 1904. He was Rural Dean of Rutland 1888-1904. He died at Tickencote on 29th May 1904. (M)
Biscoe, Henry Treweeke. Born 1839. Aged 10 on admission. The son of Rev. William Biscoe, Vicar of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. He left Radley in 1858. He was a Scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1859, taking 3rd Class in Classical Mods in 1860, BA 1863, MA 1875, and Holy Orders in 1867. He served as Chaplain of King’s College, Cambridge from 1875 to 1890, then as Rector of Greenford, 1890-1901, and as Assistant Chaplain at St Mark’s, Florence, 1908-10. He died in London on 22nd December 1917. (M)
Bowman, Frederick John. Born 1838. Aged 11 on admission. The son of John Frederick Bowman of Great Alie St, E, London. He left Radley in 1850. He served in the Honourable Artillery Company for some time and then emigrated to Nebraska, USA in 1873. In 1871 he married Belinda, daughter of Rev. John Tottenham of Limerick. He died in London on 22nd November 1890. (M)
Buller, John Edward. Born 1838. Aged 11 on admission. The son of John Edward Buller of Chase Lodge, Enfield. Left Radley in 1851. Joined the 71st Highlanders in 1857; served in the Hazara Campaign, 1868. Died in Calcutta on 30th January, 1870. (L)
Campion, Charles Walter. Born 1839. Aged 10 on admission. The son of William John Campion, D.L., J.P., of Danny Park Sussex. Left Radley in 1851, and afterwards went to Eton College. Entered Baliol College, Oxford, 1858, taking a 2nd Class in Classical Mods in 1860, and 2nd Class Law and History, BA 1862. Barrister of the Inner Temple, 1866. Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills in Parliament from 1884; Mayor of Winchelsea, 1909. In 1879 he married Charlotte, daughter of Hugh H. Seymour. He died at Winchelsea on 18th March 1926. (S)
Cardale, Edward Russell. Born c.1835. Aged 14 on admission. The son of Rev. Edward Thomas Cardale, Rector of Flax Bourton, Bristol. He died at Leamington on 22nd June, 1852, whilst still a pupil at Radley. (S)
Cockerell, Rowland Vyner. Born 1835. Aged 14 on admission. The son of John Cockerell, D.L., J.P. Appointed one of the first eight prefects in 1851. He left Radley in 1851, and attended the East India College, Haileybury, from 1853-5. Joined the East India Company Service in 1856. He was killed by his pony shying and falling over a precipice with him near Simla, India, on 9th October, 1873. (L)
Copeland, Edward Capper. Born 1834. Aged 15 on admission. The son of William Taylor Copeland, M.P., of Cliff Bank Lodge, Stoke-on-Trent (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). He left Radley in 1850, and afterwards attended Harrow School. He became a partner in W.T. Copeland & Sons, china manufacturers, who later became Spode. He died on 25th May, 1873. (L)
Gray, Frederick. Born 1833. Aged 16 on admission. The son of Rev. Frederick William Gray of Castle Carey, Somerset. He left Radley in 1849. He became a J.P. in Sussex. In 1871 he married Frances, daughter of C. Wyndham of Donhead Hall, Wiltshire, and widow of Captain T.P. Rickford. He died at Uckfield on 18th November, 1903. (L)
Gray, George Wyndham. Born 1835. Aged 14 on admission. Brother of the above. He left Radley in 1849, and later attended the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. In 1872 he married Julia, daughter of Rev. Cecil Wynter, Rector of Gatton, Surrey. He died on 30th January 1888. (L)
Gray, Henry Francis. Born c. 1838. Brother of the above. He left Radley in 1849. In 1855 he went to New Zealand, where he was a sheep farmer for several years. In 1867 he married Sarah, daughter of John Cosby of Kirkby Thore, Westmorland. He died on 16th June, 1905. (L)
Gray, William Arthur. Born c. 1837. Brother of the above. He left Radley in 1849. He spent some years in New Zealand. He died on 7th December, 1904 (L)
Harington, Charles. Born 1837. Aged 12 on admission. The son of Rev. Richard Harington, D.D., Rector of Old, Northamptonshire, afterwards Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. He left Radley in 1851. He attended Christ Church College, Oxford, 1856, gaining his BA in 1861, MA in 1863, and taking Holy Orders in 1863. He became Rector of Stoke-Lacey. In 1864 he married Lucy, daughter of Alexander Cotton of Landwade, Cambridgeshire. He died at Ryde, Isle of Wight, on 9th February, 1868. (S)
Henry, Arthur. Born 1838. Aged 11 on admission. The brother of James Henry who had entered Radley the previous term. He left Radley in 1852, and afterwards went to Bradfield College. He entered Brasenose College, Oxford in 1858. He became the Registrar in Insolvency for the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and a Past Grand Warden of New South Wales. He retired in 1908. He married Martha Skillman. He was still alive when the 1923 edition of the Radley Register was published, but no later report of his death was received by the school. (M)
Henry, Ernest. Born 1837. Aged 12 on admission. The brother of James and Arthur. He left Radley in 1852. He served in the 72nd Regiment from 1855 until 1857, and then emigrated to Australia where he was a sheep farmer and copper miner. He married Marian Thompson. No report of his death was ever sent to Radley. (M) See entry in the Australian Dictionary of National Biography.
Henry, James. Born 1836. Aged 13 on admission. The son of James Henry, of Blackdown, Sussex. He was appointed a prefect. He left Radley in 1852, and afterwards went to Bradfield College. He entered Exeter College, Oxford in 1854, taking his BA in 1858. In 1867 he married Evelyn, daughter of Sir John H. Pelly, (2nd) Bart, of Warnham Court, Sussex. He died at Putney on 15th February, 1916. (L)
Hetling, Frederick Thomas. Born 1837. Aged 12 on admission. Awarded a Decimal place. The son of William Ernest Hetling, of Bristol. He rowed for the VIII in 1855. He left Radley in 1855. He entered Oriel College, Oxford, as a Bible Clerk in 1855, taking his BA in 1859, MA 1868, and Holy Orders in 1863. He served as Rector of Testerton, 1867-70, of Essendon 1880-90, Vicar of Christ Church Albany Street, 1890-9, Rector of Redmile, Nottinghamshire, 1899-1910. In 1894 he married Ada Julia, Daughter of Thomas Edgar. He died at Redmile on 3rd June, 1910. (L)
Hill, Charles James. Born c. 1843. Aged 7/8 on admission. The son of Henry Hill of Ashfield Hall, Cheshire, and brother of Alfred and Octavius who had entered the school in 1848. He left Radley in 1852, but then returned in 1856 and finally left in 1858. He was a merchant in Russia from 1861-74, serving as the British Vice-Consul at Pernau in 1872-4. He was at Liverpool from 1876-81 and then returned to Libau in Russia in 1882, continuing there between 1889 and 1915. In 1868 he married Rhoda, daughter of James Richard Cattley of St Petersburg. He died at Libau on 2nd February 1915. (M)
Howard, George Francis. Born c.1841. Aged 8/9 on admission. The son of Frederick John Howard, MP, of Compton Place, Sussex. Left Radley later in the same term in 1849. (M)
Howard, William Frederick. Born 1838. Aged 11 on admission. Brother of George Francis Howard. He left Radley in 1852. Entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1857. In the 2nd Derbyshire Militia, 1868-74. (M)
Hudson, Herbert Richard. Date of birth unknown. The son of Harrington George Frederick Hudson of Bessingby, Yorkshire. He left Radley in 1852. In 55th Regiment, 1858-66. Died at Pau in March 1868. (M)
Irons, Herbert William. Born c.1840. Aged 9/10 on admission. Awarded a Decimal place. The son of Rev. William Josiah Irons, D.D., Vicar of Brompton and Prebendary of St Paul’s. He rowed for the VIII in 1856. He left Radley in 1856 and joined the East India Company Service. He served in four engagements during the Indian Mutiny in 1857. He died of fever in India on 26th May, 1858. (L)
Janvrin, Herbert Small. Born c.1836. Aged 12/13 on admission. The son of Francis Janvrin of 27 Devonshire Place, London. He left Radley in 1853, and entered the army. He served in the Kertch Expedition in the Crimean War in 1855, and in the 64th Regiment, 1857-62. He then went to America and served in the Federal Cavalry against the Confederates in the American Civil War in 1864. He died in the Cavalry Hospital at City Point, Virginia, USA, on 30th October 1864. (L)
Jelf, Arthur Richard. Born 1837. Aged 12 on admission. The son of Rev. William Richard Jelf, D.D., Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and Principal of King’s College, London, one of the most highly respected members of the Oxford Movement (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). He left Radley in 1850, and afterwards attended Eton College, where his father had been educated. He was awarded Junior Student at Christ Church College, Oxford in 1856. He took 2nd Class in Mods in 1858, 2nd Class Lit. Hum., 4th Class Math. Fin. And BA in 1860; MA 1863. Barrister of the Inner Temple 1863; Recorder of Shrewsbury 1879-1901; Queen’s Counsel 1880; Bencher 1884; Justice of the High Court, King’s Bench Division 1901-10. Knighted 1901. In 1867 he married Jane, daughter of Rev. William Clark King, Vicar of Norham, Northumberland. He died at Putney on 24th July, 1917. (L)
Arthur was a member of a distinguished family. He himself became a Judge of the High Court, his eldest brother was the celebrated clergyman and author, George Edward Jelf (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography), who had attended Charterhouse, and a second brother was Colonel Richard Henry Jelf, governor of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. His uncle was William Edward Jelf, the Classical scholar, also involved in the Oxford Movement (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
La Primaudaye, Charles Henry. Born 1839. Aged 10 on admission. The son of Rev. Charles James La Primaudaye, Rector of Lavington, Sussex. He left Radley in 1851. He joined the 44th Regiment in 1855; transferred to the 64th in 1857, promoted to Captain in 1864. He transferred again to the 77th in 1868, and the 20th Foot in 1869. He retired from the army in 1871. In 1860 he married Blanche Maud, daughter of General Sir J. Gaspard le Marchant. He died in London on 21st May, 1923. (L)
Macdonald, John Craufurd. Born 1834. Aged 15 on admission. The son of Captain Donald Macdonald of Isauld, Caithness. He left Radley in 1850. Entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1852. Superintendent Terai, under Kumrun Commission, North-West Provinces, India, 1877-90. He died at Naihi Tal, India, on 6th September 1890.
His entry in Venn’s Alumni Cantabrigienses lists him as attending King’s College School, London before entering Trinity, with no record of Radley College, however, this is the boy who was beaten so severely by Edwardes that the boys staged a series of protests culminating in the near expulsion of Samuel Reynolds, the senior boy in the school. (entry in Alumni Cantabrigienses).
Majendie, Henry William. Born 1840. Aged 9 on admission. The son of Rev. George John Majendie, Rector of Heddington, Wiltshire. He left Radley in 1851, and afterwards attended Winchester College as a Scholar. He entered Exeter College, Oxford in 1858, taking his BA in 1862, MA 1866. He was a student at the Inner Temple in 1864. In 1865-6 he attended Wells Theological College, taking Holy Orders in 1866. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Barnstaple, 1875-81; of Tor Mohun, Torquay, 1884-1900; Rural Dean of Ipplepen 1885-9; Vicar of Ilsham, Torquay, 1904-12; Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral from 1907-23. In 1878 he married Alice, daughter of W. Adair Bruce of Ashley Box, Wiltshire. He was a keen cricketer and member of the MCC. He died at Charminster, Dorset, on 13th December 1923. (S)
Henry’s grandfather was William Henry Majendie, Bishop of Bangor, the domestic chaplain to Queen Charlotte, and tutor to the Prince of Wales (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
Malan, William John Caesar. Born c.1835. Aged 13/14 on admission. The son of Rev. Solomon Caesar Malan, DD, Vicar of Broadwindsor, Dorset. He left Radley in 1851. He died at Helston on 19th May 1854. (M)
Perceval, Ernest Augustus. Born 1835. Aged 14 on admission. The son of Captain Ernest Augustus Perceval, late 15th Hussars, of Longwitton Hall, Northumberland and Henbury, Glos. He left Radley in 1853. In 1854 he joined the 88th Regiment, promoted to Captain in 1860. Retired from military service in 1864. He served in the Crimea, including the storming of the Redan, and in the Indian Mutiny. He died on 14th March 1924. (M)
Mason, Edward Montgomery. Born c.1838. Aged 10/11 on admission. The son of Captain Henry Brown Mason, Royal Navy. He left Radley in 1854, and joined the 5th Foot in 1856, promoted to Captain in 1859. He served in the Indian Mutiny in 1857-8, including the defence of Lucknow. He retired from military service in 1865. He died at Lambeth on 3rd August, 1888, leaving no will registered at Somerset House. (S)
Saunders, Kenrick Francis. Born 1840. Aged 9 on admission. The son of Erasmus Saunders, JP, of Alton Pancras, Dorset. He left Radley in 1853, and afterwards attended Eton College. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, in 1859. (M)
Sewell, Arthur. Born 1841. Aged 8/9 on admission. The son of Robert Burleigh Sewell of Newport, Isle of Wight, nephew of William Sewell, and cousin of Henry Sewell who entered the school in 1848. He became a prefect and played for the cricket XI in 1859-60. Awarded the Ouseley Prize in 1859-60. He left Radley in 1860. He was awarded a Choral Scholarship to New College, Oxford in 1862, taking his BA 1866, MA 1868 and Holy Orders in 1866. He worked as an assistant master at Malvern College School 1866-71, and as Head Master of a series of prep schools from 1871 until 1905. Licensed Priest in Salisbury Diocese 1891-1905, serving as Rector of Sutton Veny, Wiltshire from 1907 to 1922, and curate in charge at Radipole, Dorset, 1923-4. Licensed Priest in the Diocese of Bristol, Bath and Wells 1924-27, Sarum 1924-33. Appointed Chaplain to the Order of St John of Jerusalem 1871. He was the author of Daily thoughts for schoolboys, and composed various hymn tunes and other church music. In 1876 he married Mary Lee, daughter of H. Franks Waring, of Southcliffe, Lyme Regis. He died on 13th November 1947 at the age of 106, celebrated as the oldest living Radleian when the school celebrated its centenary in 1947. [photo]
Spyers, Henry Almack. Born 1840. Aged 9 on admission. Younger brother of Thomas Spyers who had started at Radley the previous term. He was the Senior Prefect and rowed for the 1st VIII in 1857. He left Radley in 1857, and went up to Balliol College, Oxford in 1858. He achieved a 2nsd Class in Classical MOds, and 4th Class Lit. Hum in 1860; 3rd Class in Law and History, and took his BA in 1861; MA 1864; Holy Orders 1863; BD 1873. He was Head master of Weybridge School from 1880 until 1886 and then served as Vicar of Purbrook, Hampshire, 1886-1903. In 1864 he married Alice Mary, daughter of George Orme of South Farm, Broadwater, Sussex, and sister of his school friend James Bond Orme, who entered Radley, also aged 9/10, the following term. He died at Craneswater, Southsea on 20th June 1915. (M)
Spyers, Thomas Charles. Born 1838. Aged 11 on admission. The son of Rev Thomas Spyers, D.D., Head Master of Weybridge School. He left Radley in 1852. Awarded his MD from St Andrew’s University, and MRCS in 1861. He was in practice as a doctor at Weybridge from 1861-7, and at Faversham in Kent 1871-5. In 1863 he married Lucy Emma, daughter of Charles Phillips, MD, of Manchester. He died at Faversham on 14th July, 1875. (L) A watercolour drawing of the two Spyers brothers is the earliest extant portrait of Radley boys.
Talfourd, Thomas Noon. Born 1839. Aged 13 on admission. The son of Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd, Judge of the High Court, of 67 Russell Square, London. He left Radley on 1850, and afterwards went to Winchester College. He was a Barrister of the Middle Temple in 1865. He died on 9th May 1885. (M)
There is no mention of Thomas Noon Talfourd in his father’s entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, but he is clearly listed as the son of Rachel Talfourd in the census records for 1851. His father’s background in non-conformity makes Radley an interesting choice of school to send his son, however, Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd was renowned for eccentricity and for the cultured society in which he was a leading light so it is possible that the choice was dictated by the radical nature of the new school’s ethos and by the landscape and approach to art and beauty.
Thynne, Arthur Christopher. Born 1832. Aged 17 on admission. The son of Rev. the Lord John Thynne, D.D., Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster, and one of the earliest supporters of Singleton and Sewell’s experimental school. Arthur was appointed one of the first eight prefects in 1851. He left Radley in 1851, and entered Baliol College, Oxford. BA 1854, MA 1859, took Holy Orders 1857. He served at Rector of Kilkhampton, Cornwall, 1859-1908. Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral, 1865-77, Honorary anon and Treasurer of Truro Cathedral, 1877-1908; Rural Dean of Stratton 1887-1908; Proctor in Convocation 1880-1908; Chaplain to the Bishop of Truro 1891-1908. Justice of the Peace for Cornwall. In 1859 he married Gwenllian, daughter of Russell Kendall, of Walthamstow. She died in 1905. He died at Kilkhampton on 2nd January, 1908. (S)
Thynne, William Frederick. Born 1834. Aged 15 on admission. Brother of the above. He left Radley in 1851. He joined the Rifle Brigade in 1852, promoted to Captain in 1855. He served in the Crimea in 1854-5, including the Battle of the Alma, and the siege and fall of Sebastopol. He died at Lucknow, of wounds received in action during the Indian Mutiny, on 11th March, 1858. (S)
Wilberforce, Arthur Henry. Born 1839. Aged 10 on admission. The son of Rev Henry William Wilberforce, Vicar of East Farleigh, Kent. He left Radley in 1850. He attended St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, 1853-64, taking Holy Orders as a Roman Catholic priest in 1863. He joined the Dominicans in 1866, taking the additional name of Bertrand. He was appointed Prior of St Dominic’s, London, in 1871. He was Preacher-General of the Dominican Order 1886-1904. He wrote a number of books including The life of Lewis Bertrand and Lives of the Dominican missionaries in Japan. He died at Chiswick on 14th December 1904. (S)
Arthur’s father was the son of William Wilberforce, the abolitionist, and brother of Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford, Visitor and Diocesan Bishop for Radley College. His parents had converted to Roman Catholicism in 1850, and his father resigned his living in 1851. (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography) Two other uncles also converted, Robert and William (entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
It is, therefore, of great interest that Arthur should have been accepted at Radley, where both Singleton and Sewell were anxious that there should be no hint of Roman Catholicism, and not surprising that he left the school almost immediately on his parents’ conversions.
Wilberforce, Ernest Roland. Born 1840. Aged 9 on admission. The son of Bishop Wilberforce, younger brother of Reginald and cousin of Arthur, who had both entered Radley the previous term. He left Radley in 1851, and went on to attend Harrow School. He entered Exeter College, Oxford in 1860, taking his BA 1864, MA 1865. He transferred to Cuddesdon College, founded by his father in the late 1840s, in 1864, taking Holy Orders the same year. He served as Rector of Middleton Stoney, 1866-9; Sub-Almoner to Queen Victoria 1871-82; Vicar of Seaforth 1873-8; Canon of Winchester 1878-82. He was awarded his DD in 1882. He was then appointed Bishop of Newcastle, 1882-95, then Bishop of Chichester 1895-1907. In 1863 he married Frances Mary, daughter of Sir Charles Anderson of Lea Hall, Gainsborough. She died in 1870. He then married Emily, daughter of Very Rev. George Connor, Dean of Windsor in 1874. He died at Bembridge, Isle of Wight on 9th September 1907. (M)
Wilberforce, Reginald Garton. Born 1838. Aged 11 on admission. The son of Rt. Rev. Samuel Wilberforce, D.D., Bishop of Oxford and Visitor of Radley College, grandson of William Wilberforce the abolitionist, and cousin of the above. He left Radley in 1851, attended Rugby School from 1851 until 1854, and then re-entered Radley in April 1855, finally leaving in December 1855, aged 17. In 1856 he joined the 52nd Regiment. He served in the Indian Mutiny, including the siege of Delhi. He was a Barrister of the Inner Temple, 1870, becoming a Doctor of Law. He served as Justice of the Peace for Sussex in 1871. In 1867 he married Anna, daughter of Richard Denman. He died at Henfield, Sussex on 19th January, 1914. (L)
Willis, William Jarvis. Born 1840. Aged 9 on admission. The son of Rev. Thomas Willis, Incumbent of Southwick, Brighton. He left Radley in 1852, and afterwards attended Eton College. He joined the 14th Foot in 1857, and served with them until 1864. He then lived in New Zealand from 1864 until 1884. In 1864 he married Amelia, daughter of Daniel Riddiford. He died at Greatford, Wellington, New Zealand on 1st March 1884. (L)
Wilson, John Bollard. Born 1835. Aged 14 on admission. The son of John Wilson of Birmingham. He left Radley in 1853 and attended Oriel College, Oxford, 1853-5. He rowed as spare man for the Oxford University VIII. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1856. He died at Rangiora, New Zealand on 21st January 1920. (S)