By Chris Nathan

On 4th August 1914 when the Great War broke out, the School had just gone on holiday with a 40 strong OTC force attending their annual camp at Tidworth.

The announcement that hostilities were about to begin spread like wildfire and, for the next four and a half years, life would never be the same again. 673 members of the School’s community went into uniform over these years when 121 OSE and three teachers were lost and many more wounded — some many times over. This book describes what occurred in those tumultuous days, both at the various battle stations all over the world and also back in Oxford.

Archival records have been extensively used both from the School’s excellent collections but also those of other relevant family, OSE, peer schools, regimental, naval and air force records for which the author was given open access.


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