23rd August 1916. John Robinson, MC. A Social, 1899. Captain & Adjutant, 7th Bn, North Staffordshire Regt.. Died of wounds received in the Battle of El Hannah, Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
John Robinson was one of the most distinguished Radleians to die in the War. At school he played for the Cricket and Football XIs and was Head of A Social. After school, he went to Merton College, Oxford, where he graduated with honours in history. He played Hockey for Oxford University for four years, became an international player and went on to win Gold for Great Britain at the 1908 Olympics.
After leaving university he became a schoolmaster. He enlisted in an OTC immediately War was declared, receiving his commission in September 1914. He served in the Gallipoli Campaign. He was Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded the Military Cross in February, 1916. The same month he was sent to Mesopotamia. He was wounded in the spine in April and died from the injury in August 1916.
His shield still hangs in Hall.
Today we remember …
|28th June 1915. Augustus Fitzclarence, C Social 1893. Captain, 2nd Bn, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action at Gallipoli. He was a superb all-round sportsman. At Radley, he was Captain of Boats and competed at Henley, and in the Soccer XI:‘He was a fine athlete – a good boxer and long-distance runner. In latter years he went in for fencing and sabre play, competing at the Royal Naval and Military Tournament and winning the second prize in the epee in 1913 and second prize in the sabre v. sabre in 1914. In 1912 he was one of the representatives of this country at the Olympic Games.’He was a career soldier who fought in the Second South African War in 1900. Aged 35|