This week 100 years ago - Old Salopians in WW1

This project sets out to commemorate all former boys and masters of Shrewsbury School who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-18. Each week the names of those from the School who died 100 years ago are published. Where possible, archival and other relevant material is included. It is hoped to build up a rolling archive over the four years of the War.

We are delighted to be linking with St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury on this project. A weekly service of remembrance is taking place every Wednesday at 5pm in St Chad’s to commemorate those from Shropshire who died this week 100 years ago. All are welcome to any of the services.

As we build up this project during the years 2014-18, do please contact Philip Lapage [] if you have any additional material you would like to present, or if we have inadvertently made any errors. We are grateful to Research Assistants Martha Pownall (MSH) and George Young (O) for their help in compiling the weekly instalments.

Please also see the Old Salopians in World War 1 page in the Old Salopian section of this website, which includes a full list of all OS who died during the War.

'The School will not forget'
A poem written by the then Headmaster of Shrewsbury School, Revd C.A. Alington, was published in The Times in December 1914. It is included in these pages, as it movingly articulates not only the thoughts of those left behind in 1914 to carry on the day-to-day business of the School, but also those of Salopians living and working here at Shrewsbury School 100 years later: To the School at War - a poem by Revd C.A. Alington, 1914

For more details about this project please see: This week 100 years ago - background

The most recent weekly instalment of news from 100 years ago is displayed below.

To view our cumulative news archive, please use the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.

The news 100 years ago


Friday 3 February 2017

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 3rd - 9th February 1917
    This week we remember:

    Captain Alexander Armstrong Rees, Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 7th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
    Chance’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1902.  Killed in action in France, 4th February 1917, aged 32.
    Buried at Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave I. B. 15.

Friday 6 January 2017

  • The news 100 years ago: 6th - 12th January 2017
    This week we remember:

    Second Lieutenant Tom Onslow, 5th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
    School House, left in 1915. He had gained a Scholarship at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was in the Cricket XI and a Praepostor.

    Killed in action in France, 6th January 1917, aged 19.
    Buried at Agny Military Cemetery, France. Grave F. 20.

Sunday 1 January 2017

  • The news 100 years ago: 30th December 1916 - 5th January 1917
    This week we remember:

    Lieutenant Philip Ralph Heaton DCM, 1st/2nd King's African Rifles.
    Churchill’s, left in 1911. He settled at Naivasha, British East Africa (present day Kenya).  Before getting his commission, he saw fighting as a trooper in Bowker’s Horse, winning the D.C.M. in the first Longido fight.

    He died from an accidental wound at Kilwa, B.E.A. (present day Tanzania), 4th January 1917, aged 24.
    Buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. Grave 1. H. 2.