Treasures of the Library & Archives

The War Memorial Online Database

At the end of the First World War, Radley had lost more than 200 boys, teachers and servants. The War Memorial was to consist of four parts: firstly, the War Memorial Arch, engraved with the name and regiment of every casualty known by 1919; secondly, the Chapel of the Resurrection, build over the archway, to be a place for occasional services and quiet reflection; thirdly, the eight War Memorial Albums, containing a photograph and notes about each boy, which were (and still are) to be kept in the Chapel of the Resurrection so that they are accessible to anyone; fourthly, the War Memorial Fund, to provide scholarships and bursaries to any Radleian encountering financial difficulties. The War Memorial Fund is still administered by the Radleian Society, and primarily dispenses bursaries for travel and Gap Year projects. In addition, The Radleian recorded deaths and citations throughout the War.

The War Memorials for the Seond World War were an extension of these, with four more albums of photographs being deposited in the Chapel of the Resurrection, extra money donated to the War Memorial Fund, and the Memorial Wall for those families who wished to donate a stone, just outside of Chapel, next to the Sword of Honour with its permanent poppy wreath.

In addition, there is a small memorial in Chapel to the South African War, 1890s, surmounted by a figure of St. George.

The War Memorial Online Database is a project designed to bring together the information from these sources and to enhance it with online links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and other local war memorials and newspaper articles as they are appearing on the Web. The photograph albums are among the most heavily used photographic material in the Archives and are beginning to show some deterioration from constant photocopying. Therefore, a digitisation project has been undertaken, as part of the Photo Archive Project, to scan and record each photograph to preserve it and to make it accessible. The underlying database allows search by name, Social, regiment and theatre of war or particular major battles. At present, it covers only the First World War, but future work will include all Radleians killed in any conflict, beginning with Herbert Janvrin, entered Radley 1853, killed in the American Civil War in 1864, until the most recent conflicts, including Alexander Napier, killed in the World Trade Centre on 9/11, 2001.

War Memorial Database