In the aftermath of both World Wars the country felt a colossal debt of gratitude to those who had served in the armed forces. The nation’s schools and universities felt this particularly strongly for many reasons, such as the age of many of those killed or the mortality rate of junior officers. These institutions often commissioned rolls of honour to pay their respects to their pupils.
These books are wonderful sources, with information drawn from several locations, for example; the “War List of the University of Cambridge 1914-1918” draws upon army lists, the London Gazette, the casualty lists as well as their own college records. Furthermore the knowledge of those who compiled records is also a unique advantage, an example of this is the somber claim from “Downside and the War” who state that the book’s compiler, Dom Lucius Graham, personally knew all the fallen from his time at the school as a either a pupil or a member of staff.
Some of these entries are exclusively transcribed from rare books so will contain information unavailable elsewhere.
There will be a wide variety in the information including within this collection as entries are drawn from a range of different sources.
Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.
Original Source: Transcribed from Bristol Grammar School - Roll of Honour and Record of War Service
Cambridge University war list 1914-18 - Exclusively Transcribed
Downside during the War - Exclusively Transcribed
List of Etonians who served in the World War 1914-1919 and 1939-1945 - Exclusively Transcribed
List of Old Cheltonians and Masters who Have Served in the War - Exclusively Transcribed
Manchester University and the War