WW1

Over the last four years, the Jesuits in Britain Archives have published several blog posts to commemorate events of the First World War, the centenary of which will be reaching its conclusion this November. The War touched all aspects of the Province, from the Jesuit chaplains who were sent to fulfil the spiritual needs of the troops, to the former Jesuit pupils who died during the conflict, to those who witnessed Zeppelin raids at home. Throughout the centenary, sources such as Chaplains’...
This week we remember those who have served their country in war.Jesuits have served as Military Chaplains in successive conflicts, and in the Jesuits in Britain Archive we have records of Jesuits who served in the British military as Chaplains in the Crimean and later wars.  We have written about some of these before; Chaplains of the Crimean War, Jesuits at Gallipoli, and Two 1916 World War One Chaplains.During the First World War a total of 84 Jesuits from the English Province served as...
Image of rare books in the Jesuits in Britain Archives
This week's From the Archives post has been guest-written by work experience student, Natasha Wilkinson.Hello! My name is Natasha Wilkinson, I am 16 years old, and for the past week I have been doing work experience with the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain. I wanted to do my work experience here because I am very interested in history and hope to pursue a career that is related to history in some way in the future. To begin with, I was unsure of what to expect from working in the archives,...
Next month alumni of Beaumont College will travel to the battlefield of Verdun to commemorate the Beaumont Old Boys who fought and died in the First World War. Beaumont College in Old Windsor, Berkshire, was run by the Society of Jesus from 1861 until its closure in 1967. Over 600 Old Beaumont boys (OBs) are known to have served during the course of the war. The final casualty figure stands at 132 OBs – for a comparatively small school this figure is thought to be among the highest of any...
BiographyFr John Luck was born 9 January 1867 in Aldershot to Richard and Ellen Luck. He had one older sister, Eliza, and four younger sisters: Lucy, Margaret, Emma and Mary, known as May. His youngest sister, Alice, died shortly before her second birthday.Luck entered the Society at Manresa, 7 September 1888. His large build made him well qualified to take on the job of Master of Outdoor Works as a novice, and he continued in this role unofficially at St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst. He had a...
Dark wood T shaped cross with an ivory appearing Christ carving nailed to it inside a wooden framed box with glass front and enclosed brown paper note and attached to the frame is a plaque
We have discovered the following artefact in the archives. It is a crucifix with an enclosed note inside a wooden frame with a plaque. The note enclosed reads:O H M S [On His Majesty’s Service] 23.10.15 Richebourge-St Vaast Dearest Mater I know you will value this, it is genuine, & I found it among the ruins of a poor deserted village. I dare say it is worth much. Handmade but a little the worse for wear; you ever in my thoughts at the moment. HughThe plaque on the frame states:Found by...
Fr William Feran SJ, author of the original Chaplains' weekly
On May 9th 1915 Fr William Feran composed the first edition of The Chaplains’ Weekly; a newsletter whose purpose he explained in the foreword was to maintain communication with British Jesuit Chaplains serving in WWI. He wrote:As Fr. Provincial finds it impossible to send lengthy letters to the individual chaplains, he has asked me to chromograph, week by week, items of news that may interest them and send a copy to each. This I propose doing each Sunday. The communication will not be, in any...
John Luck was born 9 January 1867 in Aldershot where his father Richard was a boot maker. He entered the Society in September 1888. Throughout his life Luck kept up regular correspondence with his parents and five sisters: Lizzie, Lucy, Maggie, Emma and May, and latterly his niece, Mildred. Through his letters, which are unfailingly upbeat and streaked with humour, we catch a glimpse of a man who is always willing to provide advice to his sisters and throw himself whole-heartedly into any task....
Black and white photograph of a Zepplin in front of a hanger with people milling about underneath
One hundred years ago today the first Zeppelin raid on Britain took place on the evening of 19th January 1915.A young Jesuit scholastic who had been studying in Germany until 1914, was concerned about the Zeppelin menace and provided drawings and warnings in an article in the Blandyke Papers.   Thomas Egan SJ (1889-1915) was a member of the Irish province.  After the outbreak of war and his return from Germany, he resumed his philosophy studies at Stonyhurst.  His...
World War I ChaplainsWorld War I broke out in August 1914. Although unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium exempt from military duty, by the end of the war 84 Jesuits had served as RC Chaplains to the British Forces and Navy. Here is a small online exhibition which looks at some of the records relating to these Chaplains which have survived in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Please click on the links to discover more about each item:Exemption letterTailor slipContract...

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