Author: Simone Field

The Lambton Cup

21 March 2022

125 years ago, in 1897, a family of Wellingtonians presented the College with this very handsome silver cup. Between the years 1882 and 1898, the seven Lambton brothers – William, Alexander, Cuthbert, George, Edward, Ronald, and Philip – were all in the Orange, and as the time drew near for the last one to leave, […]


Wreck of the Warren Hastings

18 January 2022

125 years ago this week, on 14 January 1897, the troopship Warren Hastings sank in the Indian Ocean. An Old Wellingtonian, Lt Col M C B Forestier-Walker, was widely hailed as the “hero” of the event because of the calm way he and his troops behaved.   Launched in 1893, the steel-hulled Warren Hastings was claimed […]


Wellington College Chapel

06 December 2021

One hundred years ago, on 11 December 1921, the new organ in Wellington College Chapel was formally dedicated, and we take this opportunity to look back at its history.   The Chapel was built in the early 1860s and by 1870 it certainly contained an organ, as one of the entertainments of Speech Day that year was ‘an […]


HH Maharaja Sir Sumer Singh

06 October 2021

This week we remember HH Maharaja Sir Sumer Singh, a Wellingtonian who died 103 years ago on 3rd October 1918. Born in 1898, Sumer succeeded his father as Maharaja of Jodhpur in March 1911, aged only 13, but reigned under the recency of his great-uncle, General Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh.  That same year, in September, […]



03 September 2021

There is a new social networking group which is being formed by the Order of St John and might well be of interest to some of the younger OWs.  St John Gateway has been created to introduce those in the twenties to forties age group to the work of the Order, with a view to encouraging them actively to support […]


OW Dani Smale (Ap 10): Crypto Coach – Simplifying Cryptocurrency

01 July 2021

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain all make headlines every day yet amidst the good, bad and ugly information available, it can feel overwhelming to even know where to start. Crypto Coach is here to help people invest safely and with confidence. Started by Dani Smale (Ap 10) and four friends, they each got into cryptocurrency in […]


OW Waterloo Day Celebration in Western Australia

01 June 2021

On Friday 18th June, 10 OWs and partners got together for their annual Western Australia Waterloo Day Celebrations. Robert and Kate Gould very kindly hosted the drinks reception at their new home. Many thanks to Adrian Momber for sharing this with us, we hope you all had a fantastic time! List of OWs who attended […]


Memorial Service for David Mordaunt (C 50-55 and CR 63-86 )

21 May 2021

There will be a Memorial Service for David Mordaunt (C 50-55 and CR 63-86 ) in the  Wellington College Chapel on Thursday September 2nd at 2.15pm followed by Afternoon Tea in the Waterloo Hall. If you would like to attend please email Philip Carr at to help us with catering numbers.


Crowthorne Church

26 April 2021

As we mentioned last time, Wellington College has been rediscovering our links with Crowthorne parish church, and helping to renovate their historic lych-gate. This time, we take a look at some of the many people connected with College who are buried in the churchyard. Possibly the earliest of these is Charles Henry Lane, who joined […]


Crowthorne Parish Church

14 April 2021

Last week, staff from Wellington’s Works and Estates Department gave their time and expertise to help renovate the lych-gate of Crowthorne parish church. College Archivist Caroline Jones went along to document the work and uncover some of the historic links between the church and the College. In the later 19th century the hamlet of Crowthorne […]


Wellington Song

01 March 2021

Latin has always been part of Wellington, not least in our school song, the Carmen Heroidum, written in 1883 and sung at Speech Day concerts and OW Dinners for many years. Do you know the words?


OW Edward Foulds (Bl 96) – ‘Crucifix’

09 February 2021

Twenty-five years ago this term, Wellington College was shrouded in snow just as it has been recently. This inspired student Edward Foulds (Blücher 1991-96) to create a remarkable piece of artwork which is still at the centre of College life today. Braving the cold, Ed ventured out in the dark after a heavy snowfall and […]


OW Jack Trigger (M 12): Around the world with type 1 diabetes

09 February 2021

Follow Jack Trigger on his journey to become the first type 1 diabetic to compete in the legendary Vendée Globe. The Vendée Globe is one of the toughest endurance challenges on earth – non stop, solo and unassisted around the world in record breaking 60ft racing yachts. The current race has just finished with the […]


OWs Harry Hearn and Tom Phillips, UK team Oardacity complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 – the ‘World’s Toughest Row

03 February 2021

UK team Oardacity have arrived (in 4th place) in Antigua after completing this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which they rowed for Mental Health. Their two beneficiary charities are Mind and The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. The four boat completed the 3,000 mile Atlantic crossing in 40 days, 6 hours and 35 minutes from La […]


College Theatres

04 January 2021

Wellington has seen a number of theatres over the years, giving many students an opportunity to try their hand at acting, stage management or lighting, and allowing a few well-known actors their first taste of stardom along the way. In 1947 a wooden building which had started life as a Victorian swimming pool, and later […]


Dining marquee on South Front

02 December 2020

All who at present eat their meals in the large tent on South Front, might like to know that a somewhat similar structure was put there just over 100 years ago, again because of an emergency. In March 1919 there was a fire in the main Eastern block of College, starting in what is now […]


David Mordaunt 23.08.37 to 28.11.20

30 November 2020

David Mordaunt 23.08.37 to 28.11.20 All OWs and OW cricketers will  be very sad to hear of the passing of DJM. David was the outstanding Wellington cricketer of his generation: prominent amongst his peers as a schoolboy, he was unquestionably the best all-rounder Wellington College produced until the emergence of the Curran brothers. He made […]


This week at Wellington we look back at a favourite topic – school food!

27 November 2020

This week at Wellington we look back at a favourite topic – school food! The archives are quite rich in information on this subject, for example a description of the very first meal ever served to Wellington students, in January 1859. Student Augustus Hornsby wrote that ‘we had a supper of bread and butter, cheese […]


Wellington CCF: A History in Badges

10 November 2020

Wellington College is delighted to have recently added to its historical collections this metal badge, believed to be the first cap badge worn by the College’s Rifle Volunteer Corps, now the CCF. Volunteer Forces are as old as the College itself, having been first set up in 1859. The Crimean War had highlighted the difficulty […]



18 September 2020

This week, as the country commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we look back and remember those Old Wellingtonians who took part. The “Battle of Britain” was a term coined by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons in June 1940, to describe the struggle for air superiority in […]


VJ Day

17 August 2020

As we mark VJ Day on 15 August, this week we remember those Old Wellingtonians who served in the Far East during World War Two. At least sixteen Wellingtonians died fighting in the Far East, excluding the many more killed in the Burma campaign. Most lost their lives during the Japanese invasion of Malaya, Singapore […]


OW David Kim (M16)

07 August 2020

David Kim is raising money for the Malamulo Hospital in Malawi as they battle not only Covid-19 but pre-exicting infections and diseases. Please do follow the link to find out more and to donate.  


Robert Shakespear: a conservation pioneer

16 July 2020

Robert Shakespear: a conservation pioneer Robert Henry Anson Shakespear arrived at Wellington in 1868, when the College was less than a decade old. He himself was only eleven years old when he joined the Anglesey. Four years later when he left, his younger brother William joined the Murray. Both boys were Foundationers – that is […]


‘An Evening with Potts’ Three part series

14 July 2020

We are excited to share with you our three-part series ‘An Evening with Potts’. Chris Potter (C 65) arrived at Wellington in 1947 and more than 70 years later he remains at the heart of the Wellington Community. Nobody knows Wellington quite like Chris Potter and over three fun and informal chats Chris talks us […]


OW Dr Chris Redburn

05 May 2020

An Anaesthetist’s Experience of Covid-19 Your normal encounter with an anaesthetist is to keep you safe and comfortable during an operation, but it is our role to provide care for the sickest patients in the hospital, as we are also the doctors that work on the Intensive care unit (ICU) and attend all emergencies. Since […]