Wellington College and the First World War

Welcome to our memorial website

Founded in memory of ‘Britain’s greatest general’, Arthur, Duke of Wellington, Wellington College has always had a strong military connection. When the First World War broke out in August 1914, around 2400 Old Wellingtonians were already serving in Britain’s armed forces, and a further 408 joined up in the first five months of the War alone. Hundreds more followed them and throughout the War, the College faithfully recorded the details of those serving, wounded and killed.

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Members of Wellington College Rifle Corps being inspected on their summer camp at Tidworth, 1909.
The Inspecting Officer is thought to be Major General Sir William Franklyn

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King George V inspects the Wellington College Rifle Corps, 1916

In total over 700 former pupils and staff are known to have died, and are remembered on our Roll of Honour and on various memorials around the College. This site is dedicated to their memory.  Here, you can find out about each individual, and see their original entry in the Rolls of Honour printed in the College Year Books. You can also browse original documents which show how Wellingtonians fought, how College life continued during the War, and how those who died were commemorated afterwards.  

We will continue to add information and documents to this website as we carry out further research during 2018 and onwards.

The images on this page are of Wellington pupils on the Officer Training Corps summer camp, 1909. The vast majority of these pupils would have been involved in the War five years later.

  • Battle of Liege (5 - 16 August 1914)
  • Battle of the Frontiers (5 - 25 August 1914)
  • Battle of Haelen (12 August 1914)
  • Invasion of Lorraine (14 - 25 August 1914)
  • Landings at Suvla Bay (6 - 15 August 1915)
  • Battle of Sari Bair (6 - 21 August 1915)
  • Battle of the Somme (1 July - 18 November 1916)
  • Battle of Delville Wood (15 July - 3 September 1916)
  • Battle of Pozieres Ridge (23 July - 3 September 1916)
  • Sixth Battle of the Isonzo (6 - 17 August 1916)
  • Third Battle of Ypres (31 July - 10 November 1917)
  • Battle of Passchendaele (31 July - 10 November 1917)