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Jesus and the First World War

War Memorial


On the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Jesus College remembers all those who were involved in this terrible war.  Many members of the College community went off to fight and at least 158 were killed.  For those who came back, including those whose admission to College was postponed due to their war service, life was irrevocably changed.

This site aims to commemorate this era and honour those who served.  It will be added to over the next four years by a team of volunteers from the College community who will be looking at as many of these lives as possible.

At present this site includes the collection of photographs gathered by Arthur Gray (Master of the College 1912-40), with the aim of preserving the memory of Jesuans killed during the war. These form a substantial and very moving collection.

Often a poignant covering letter from the subject’s family is preserved with the photograph.  The photographs have been displayed on the website since the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, but with little detail about the subject.  We have been using the College archives to find out more about these men and to find out more about those Jesuans who died and those who served and look at the impact of the war on the College.  These pages will be added to as time goes on throughout the centenary period.

Roll of Honour 1914 – 1918

Roll of Honour in Real Time

Remembering on the centenary of his death October 1916:

Edward Cartwright — Oct. 11, 1916

Remembering on the centenary of their deaths September 1916:

Herbert Greaves Rowsell — Sept. 3, 1916
Henry Seymour Skinner — Sept. 13, 1916
John Clifford Webb — Sept. 14, 1916
Bertram Saxelbye Evers — Sept.14, 1916
William Francis Plummer — Sept. 15, 1916
Cyril Page Gore Saunders — Sept. 27, 1916
Charles Dean Prangley — Sept. 28, 1916

Remembering on the centenary of their deaths August 1916:

Kenneth Christopher George Wray — Aug. 9, 1916
Lancelot Edwn Ridley — Aug. 9, 1916
James Oswald Haldane — Aug. 15, 1916
Robert Harold Beckh — Aug. 15, 1916
Humfrey Denzil Barnard — Aug. 19, 1916
William Stobart — Aug. 24, 1916

Other Resources

To mark Remembrance Day 2015 we have produced a short essay about the College War Memorial.

To mark Remembrance Day 2014 we have produced an overview of the numbers who served.

Highlights from the photograph album of Geoffrey Barham Johnson (1912), killed in action in November 1915.

Email the project

We are also building a Jesuan community on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War.  See our progress at