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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 their deaths August 1915:

Hugh Anthony Rupert Crookham — Aug. 3, 1915
Ian Calcutt Findlay — Aug. 10, 1915
William Lennox Napier — Aug. 13, 1915

Remembering on the centenary of his death July 1915:

Austen Campbell Dent — July 20, 1915

Remembering on the centenary of their deaths June 1915:

Crewe Coles — June 4, 1915
Thomas Meroyn Crowe — June 4, 1915
John Hugh Allen — June 6, 1915
Charles Wilfrid Banister — June 16, 1915
George Eric Fairbairn — June 20, 1915
Kenneth Ralph Mason — June 21, 1915

Other Resources

Commemorated with the 55 other fallen rugby blues at the Varsity Match December 2014:
Bernard Henry Holloway – Sep. 27, 1915

The only Jesuan who received the Victoria Cross during the Great War:
Bernard William Vann VC – Oct. 3, 1918

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

Email the project ww1-project@jesus.cam.ac.uk

We are also building a Jesuan community on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War.  See our progress at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/1149