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WW1 Commemoration

WW1 Commemoration

Each man named on the War Memorial at Radley College is remembered by name on the centenary of his death. To see who we remember today please visit:

At the end of the First World War, Radley had lost 235 boys, teachers and staff. For more information please visit:


Remembering the First World War

Winning the Victoria Cross

March 6-10 2017 is the centenary of the winning of the Victoria Cross by Captain Oswald Austin Reid, (Radley 1910-1913, Senior Prefect, Captain of Cricket) attd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the Mesopotamia Campaign.  

Citation for the Victoria Cross

For most conspicuous bravery in the face of desperate circumstances. By his dauntless courage and gallant leadership he was able to consolidate a small post with the advanced troops, on the opposite side of a river to the main body, after his lines of communication had been cut by the sinking of pontoons.

He maintained his position for 30 hours against constant attacks by bombs, machine gun and shell fire, with the full knowledge that repeated attempts at relief had failed, and that his ammunition was all but exhausted. It was greatly due to his tenacity that the passage of the river was effected on the following night. During the operations he was wounded. Oswald Reid's story can be read in full by following the link below:


Marching in Memory

6 days, 252 km, 119 Fallen Old Radleians, 52 Commonwealth War Graves sites, 2 walkers.

In July 2015 two 6.1s, Nick Bennett (j social) and Charlie Barber (d social) did a sponsored walk in aid of the charity Combat Stress undertaken in memory of those Radleians who fell on the Western Front in the Great War.

They visited as many of the War Graves in France and Flanders as possible over six days, covering 40km each day. They photographed the graves and memorials of 119 Old Radleians.  At each grave a cross was placed which included a message written by one of the Shells.  They raised nearly £10,000.