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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 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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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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Excited to announce the 2018 Wellington Community Christmas video is coming very soon... #Throwback to last year's… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…