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OW John Franks Vallentin Victoria Cross Anniversary

07 November 2018

Today, 7th November, marks the anniversary of the action in 1914 for which Old Wellingtonian John Franks Vallentin was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. John came to Wellington in 1895 and left in 1898. He was in Mr Purnell’s House, now known as the Picton. He was commissioned into the Army in 1899, served in […]

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Remembering the First World War – our Wellington website, special exhibition, and talk

06 November 2018

As we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War, I’d like to draw your attention to the events and resources which we have produced to help us understand more about those from Wellington who fought and died. Over the last two years we have developed our First World War Memorial Website, […]

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Rugby for Social Development in Rio

06 November 2018

OWs Will Wilson (S 15), Oli Wilson (S 17), Ben Savill (Pn 17), Meg Dennis (Hn 17) and Zara Bilimoria (O 17) are supporting UMRio: https://uk.gofundme.com/UMRio2016 In 2013, Robert Malengreau set up UMRio, a non-government organization in the isolated favela of Morro do Castro, located in São Gonçalo, two hours from central Rio, with one of […]

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OW James Anson Otho Brooke Victoria Cross Anniversary

29 October 2018

Today, 29 October, we remember Old Wellingtonian James Anson Otho Brooke, who died on this date in 1914 in an action for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. James was in the Hopetoun, 1898-1900. At College he took part in rugby, cricket and athletics. In 1903 he went to the Royal Military College […]

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OW Victor Buller Turner Victoria Cross Anniversary

27 October 2018

27th October marks the anniversary of the action during the Second World War for which Old Wellingtonian Victor Buller Turner was awarded the Victoria Cross. Victor came to Wellington in the Autumn of 1913, and was in the Blucher. While at College he became a School Prefect, Captain of the 2nd XI, Head of Fives, […]

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OW Charles FitzClarence Victoria Cross Anniversary

14 October 2018

14th October marks the anniversary of the first of three actions in 1899 for which Old Wellingtonian Charles FitzClarence was awarded the Victoria Cross. As his surname suggests, Charles was a descendant of the Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, through the Duke’s illegitimate son George, 1st Earl of Munster. Charles was born in […]

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OW Alexander Stanhope Cobbe Victoria Cross Anniversary

06 October 2018

Alexander Cobbe, pictured as a student in the Hardinge in 1887. 6th October marks the anniversary of the action in 1902 for which Old Wellingtonian Alexander Stanhope Cobbe was awarded the Victoria Cross. Alexander came to Wellington in 1883, two years after his elder brother. They were both in the Hardinge. The sons of Lt-General […]

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OW Charles Melliss Victoria Cross Anniversary

30 September 2018

30th September marks the anniversary of the action in 1900 for which Old Wellingtonian Charles Melliss was awarded the Victoria Cross. The son of a high-ranking Indian Army officer, Charles was a student in the Hill at Wellington from 1876 to 1879. After going to Sandhurst he too entered the Indian Army, and served in […]

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OW Alexander Buller Turner Victoria Cross Anniversary

28 September 2018

28th September marks the anniversary of the action in 1915 for which Old Wellingtonian Alexander Buller Turner was awarded the Victoria Cross. Alexander was in the Hopetoun from 1906 to 1908. He joined the Army just a few weeks after the outbreak of the First World War, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with […]

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Anniversary of the largest single loss of life by Old Wellingtonians during the First World War

25 September 2018

Today, 25th September, marks the anniversary of the largest single loss of life by Old Wellingtonians during the First World War. No fewer than fifteen Wellingtonians were killed on 25th September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos, while another died two weeks later from wounds received on the 25th. This total exceeds […]

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OW George Masterman Thompson is believed to be the first British officer to be killed in action during WW1

22 August 2018

22 August marks the anniversary of the death of Old Wellingtonian George Masterman Thompson, believed to be the first British officer to be killed in action during the First World War. George was in the Hopetoun from 1903 to 1908, after which he went to Sandhurst and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal […]

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Michaelmas Term Programme 2018

20 August 2018

The new Wellington Community events programme for the Michaelmas term has just been launched. We hope you were able to enjoy some of the varied events and opportunities that we ran last year which were designed to reinforce, support and build on the unique relationship that we all have with Wellington College and with one […]

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OW Patrick Anthony Porteous Victoria Cross Anniversary

19 August 2018

19th August marks the anniversary of the action for which Patrick Anthony Porteous, OW, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1942. Patrick was in the Beresford 1931-35. He became a school Prefect, played in the 1st XV and was a successful swimmer. On leaving College he went to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, was commissioned […]

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OW Roderick Learoyd Victoria Cross Anniversary

12 August 2018

Today (12th August) marks the anniversary of the action in 1940 for which Old Wellingtonian Roderick Learoyd was awarded the Victoria Cross. Roderick was in the Lynedoch from 1926 to 1929, but was undistinguished academically and left at sixteen. After working on his uncle’s fruit farm in Argentina, he joined the RAF in 1936. His […]

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First World War Memorial Website

08 August 2018

Wellington College is proud to announce the launch today (08.08.18) of our new First World War memorial website. Over 700 Old Wellingtonians, teachers and college servants died while serving in the War, and this site is our tribute to them and to the thousands of Wellingtonians who fought and survived. The website contains a searchable […]

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Dashwood Strettell (Bd 1898) scrapbook

18 July 2018

A fascinating volume with an illustrious Wellington pedigree was recently donated to the Wellington College Archives. This scrapbook was compiled by C B D Strettell, known as Dashwood, a student in the Beresford 1894-1898, in around 1905. It contains all his termly school reports both from his prep school and from Wellington, as well as […]

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Wellington College Field Gun

10 July 2018

In celebration of our upcoming Wellington College Field Gun reunion on the 28th July, we thought we’d share a few of the best images we found while looking through the College albums: To register for the reunion: https://www.eventsforce.net/fieldgun2018    

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Victoria Cross anniversary

05 July 2018

On 5 July 1916, Old Wellingtonian Thomas O L Wilkinson lost his life in the action for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Thomas was at Wellington 1908-1912, and became Head of the Hopetoun, a Prefect, and Head of the Gymnasium. On leaving school he emigrated to Canada, but on the day war […]

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Introducing the 2018 OW Year Reps

04 July 2018

The class of 2018 were met with glorious sunshine on their graduation day. It was a full day of chapel services, house meals, and of course the graduation ball. But our 2018 Year Reps found time in their day to come along and see the Community Team, so we could thank them for volunteering to […]

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A marathon a month!

27 June 2018

OW Johnnie Wraith (A 86) is running a marathon a month in 2018, raising money for 4 charities close to his heart. “Although each marathon is less tough than the 100 miles, the need to stay focused and to make time each month means that the challenge is in our heads all year.  And, therefore, so […]

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OWs set Guiness World Record in aid of Whizz Kidz

27 June 2018

OWs James (Hl 98) and Fergus (Hl 03) Gilmour, along with best friend Harry, successfully set a Guiness World Record! Harry, Fergus and James cycled a triplet bike, they called a thrandem, from Lands End to John O’Groats (some 900 miles) all in aid of Whizz-Kidz! After a week of cycling about 130 miles a day, with challenging weather, bike […]

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Wellington College Real Tennis Update

20 June 2018

College Levels Singles Finalists – Charlie Vleck (left) & Freddie Bristowe   Wellington had another successful year.  It is now one of the most active courts for the young. The game has become well established within Wellington, with both pupils and teachers showing massive enthusiasm. The rackets and real tennis programmes compliment each other, a testament […]

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Waterloo Day Celebrations

20 June 2018

Not one, not two, but three OW gatherings celebrating Waterloo Day! David Delius, MBE (O 57) organised a Waterloo Day lunch in Wiltshire, hosting 22 fellow OWs. Wellington College archivist Caroline Jones provided some photo albums and trophies from David’s era, which were greatly appreciated by those in attendance. And in fact, the contingent have […]

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First round of the Cricketer Cup results

18 June 2018

Congratulations to the OWCC who beat Old Amplefordians by 7 wickets in 1st Round of the Cricketer Cup on turf on Sunday. Final results: Old Amplefordians 127 all out Old Wellingtonians 131-3 OWCC to play Rugby Meteors at Rugby in the second round, on the 1st July

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This year's Wellington Community Parent Trip will be to the beautiful Vicenza, Italy led by our amazing Head of Art… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…