WWI

Soldiers in the trenches at Verdun on the Western Front, Wikipedia Commons
Alumni of Beaumont College, the Jesuit school in Berkshire from 1861 until 1967, are planning a trip to the Verdun Battlefield in May 2017, thereby completing their homage to the Old Beaumont boys (OBs) who fought and gave their lives in France during the First World War.Beaumont was probably the only school founded in the 19th century specifically to educate sons of the Diplomatic Corps and others posted to London. It attracted a following from all over the world but especially from France and...
Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker, 1894 - 1916
Relatives of a Stonyhurst alumnus who died in World War I will be travelling to the Somme Battlefields next month to mark the centenary of his death.Lieutenant Patrick Joseph McCusker was born on 24 March 1894 in Neilston, a village and parish in East Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. After being educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, he returned to Scotland to study medicine at Glasgow University before receiving his commission. In 1916, it was...
The memorial to Gabriel Coury is unveiled in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Credit: Christian Smith
A First World War Jesuit alumnus has been honoured in Liverpool, 100 years after being awarded the Victoria Cross.Gabriel Coury was born on 13 June 1896 in Liverpool to an Armenian father and French mother. He was taught by the Jesuits at St Francis Xavier’s College in Liverpool and subsequently at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire (1907 to 1913). On leaving Stonyhurst, he worked as an apprentice in a cotton brokerage and when the war broke out in 1914, he volunteered to join Kitchener...
Fr Denis Doyle, Army Chaplain. Killed in the War, Aug. 19, 1916.
To commemorate 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916, the Archives of the Jesuits in Britain remember a Jesuit Chaplain, Fr Denis Doyle SJ (1878-1916), who as part of the 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment served and died there.Fr Doyle had been the Minister at Manresa before joining the Leinster Regiment in November 1915, and a number of his letters home appeared in issues of Letters & Notices from early 1916, alongside those of...
Small portrait images of John Stratton and Arthur Graham on a black and white image of an outdoor service during WWI
Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Verdun, which was fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916. It was one of the largest battles of World War I on the Western Front between the German and French armies, and took place in north-eastern France near Verdun-sur-Meuse.To mark this anniversary, we thought we should share some more information about the Jesuit chaplains who served in World War I, who have not yet been featured on this website.Chaplains’ Weekly...
Collage of black and white boats on which photos of Frs Legros, Devas and Day, all in military uniform is shown
The Gallipoli Campaign, occurred in what was then the Ottoman Empire but is now Turkey, between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. The Gallipoli peninsula forms part of the bank of the Dardanelles strait, the sea route to the Russian Empire. Britain and France launched a naval attack to secure the route for their ally Russia. When this failed, a land campaign was prepared. A hundred years on we review the experience of the three British Jesuit Chaplains missioned to Gallipoli whose job it was to...
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...
Black and white photograph of Fr Bernard Vaughan wearing a long coat and top hat
100 years ago in April 1915 Fr Bernard Vaughan SJ spent several days at Farnborough with Lord Kitchener’s new army at the conclusion of which he ascended in a military biplane. Letters and Notices reported on this event in July 1915 (L&N,33,189-191), extracts of which are included here:..It would be difficult to express the fine impression Fr Vaughan’s visit has created among the men, Protestant as well as Catholics. They were proud to see him flying like an airman and riding like a...
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...
This week the Archives and Records Association has launched its second annual Explore Your Archives awareness campaign. The aim is to increase public awareness of the vital role of archives in our society and to celebrate the collections held in services across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. To find out more and to see what events are happening near you, visit www.exploreyourarchive.org.Here in the Jesuits in Britain Archives we have created an exhibition on the...

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