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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 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

Remembering on the centenary of their deaths July 1916:

Bernard Pitts Ayre — July 1, 1916
John George Todd — July 1, 1916
Isaac Alexander Mack — July 1, 1916
Edward Crozier MacBryan – July 1, 1916
Wilfred Percy Nevill — July 1, 1916
Alban Preedy — July 1, 1916
Geoffrey Euan Sanderson — July 1, 1916
Alan Edward Aldous — July 3, 1916
Bernard William Pigg – July 3, 1916
Richard William Jennings — July 3, 1916
Edmund Ralph Creyke — July 5, 1916
Charles Geoffrey Tomlin — July 9, 1916
Oswald Swift Flower — July 12, 1916
Noel Crawford Hamilton — July 14, 1916
Maurice Solomons — July 16, 1916
David Malcolm Fell — July 17, 1916
Eric Francis Howard Taylor — July 27, 1916

Remembering on the centenary of their deaths June 1916:

Harry Alfred Butt — June 8, 1916
David Williamson Stewart Paterson – June 20, 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 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