Category: OW News

Wreak 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 […]


January OW Must Read!

10 January 2022

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. This month we would like to draw your attention to Gregory Norminton (S 94) and his brilliant novel ‘The Devil’s Highway’. Set in the unforgiving sandy ‘wastes’ of Bagshot Heath, the three sections of ‘The […]


OW Cross Country Update

16 December 2021

On Saturday 11th December, OWXC took part in the Annual Alumni Race on Wimbledon Common, an 8k hilly and very muddy course. Of the 37 teams taking part (including most of the top public schools), OWXC fielded the largest team with our 22 runners. Huge congratulations to our 4 ladies (Katie Edgerley, Natalie Blagg, Lauren […]


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 […]


December OW Must Reads!

29 November 2021

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. This month we would like to draw your attention to two fascinating and very different books; ‘The Time The Children Didn’t Go To School’ by Annabelle Hayes (Ap 94) and ‘Stalin’s Vengeance’ by Nikolai Tolstoy […]


November OW Must Reads!

29 October 2021

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. This month we would like to draw your attention to Marisa Noelle (Ap 96) and her upcoming fantasy novel ‘The Unraveling of Luna Forester’. Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult […]


Fuel Ventures’ £1.5m Investment Supports Materials Market to Build its Business

22 October 2021

Materials Market, launched November 2020 by Co-Founders Samuel Hunt (Bl 11) and Andrew Haehn, has raised £1.5m to grow its digital building materials marketplace. Materials Market’s creative solution to ease supply chain issues sparked the interest of seed venture capitalist fund, Fuel Ventures, who invested £1.5m in the new tech start-up in September 2021. Investing […]


Creative Industries Careers Evening – Friday 3rd December at Wellington College

07 October 2021

Seeking Parents and OWs in the Creative Industries – Would you consider being a part of this fantastic evening? On Friday 3rd December Wellington College is hosting its annual Arts Careers Evening which is set to be an inspirational occasion for both Wellington and local state school/partner students showcasing all aspects of working in the world […]


October OW Must Reads!

06 October 2021

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. This month we would like to draw your attention to two fascinating books; ‘The lives of the great and the good Honorary Freeman of the City of London’ by Bill Clark (p 69) and ‘A […]


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, […]


Exciting news for all OW golfers

18 September 2021

The O.W. Golf Society wants to announce the launch of a new competition, The O’Doubles Golf Open which will is open to all golfers (subject to being an O.W. of course). This is in addition to all the regular OW.G.S. matches and meetings.. It is an annual league for pairs of golfers playing in groups […]


September OW Must Reads!

14 September 2021

Our OWs are an incredibly talented group and there have been many brilliant books written by OWs over the years. This month we would like to draw your attention to two fascinating books; ‘Military Misreadings of Shakspere’ (sic) by Paul Cordle (S 58) and “ Laughter is the Best Weapon – The Remarkable Adventures of […]


Jessica O’Neil (A 17) exhibiting at Somerset House for Photo London the 8th-12th September

07 September 2021

We are delighted to share that Jessica O’Neil will be exhibiting some work at Somerset House for Photo London in the ‘The Fair’s acclaimed Discovery Section’, from the 8th-12th September 2021. For those of you that don’t know what Photo London is, it is essentially ‘The Fair’, that brings the finest international photography to the […]


Shielding – A photobook documenting COVID-19 isolation by Cameron John (T 17)

07 September 2021

Cameron is a a photographer and designer based in North London. Having recently graduated from Central Saint Martins with a First-Class Honours in Graphic Communication Design. Over the last six months  Cameron has been working on an incredible project; a photobook about people who have been Shielding over the national lockdowns. This book aims to […]


Afghan Resettlement Appeal – We need your help

28 August 2021

As we have all looked on at the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan over the past few weeks and the huge evacuation operation, the College has been exploring ways in which we can support our armed forces. As you can imagine, it is an operation on a vast scale. The families were flown to the […]


‘Into Battle’ – The True Story of a Bitter Feud at Oxford University

02 July 2021

A new play written by an OW with another OW playing one of the lead parts is to be professionally produced, performed and premiered at Greenwich Theatre 7-31 October. Into Battle is a true story that Hugh Salmon (Hn 74) has unearthed and will be revealed for the first time in history. It concerns a ‘bitter […]


Waterloo Society Newsletter Issue #2

09 June 2021

We are delighted to enclose links to our latest edition of the Waterloo Society Newsletter which has been published in response to the positive feedback  that we received from the previous edition. These newsletters all have a particular decades focus (1940s, 1950s and 1960s) and we hope that you enjoy the memories and photos and […]


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 College Community Report

31 March 2021

We are delighted to be able to share with you our latest Wellington College Community Report.  We hope you’ll enjoy reading about what’s been achieved thanks to your amazing support and generosity over the last couple of years. To read the Report please click here. More than ever, we are so grateful for all the […]


Simon Lyddon (L 94) Rowing the Atlantic Ocean

25 March 2021

Simon has recently set off on his incredible journey,  rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with a team of 11 other adventurers in the inaugural trip of the “Roxy expeditions” set up by Rannoch Adventures. They are rowing from the Canaries to Antigua – 3000 miles unsupported. Rowing in shifts of 3 hours, on 3 hours […]


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?


The Lumsden Leadership Summit

17 February 2021

Ella Dow (O 18) is Vice-President of an all-female philanthropic society at St Andrews called The Lumsden Club and is proud to announce the sixth edition of their annual event, The Lumsden Leadership Summit (previously Winning Women). The aim is to inspire the student body and wider community by bringing together successful women from all […]