Bedales and the First World War

Lest We Forget

In August 1914, Mr Badley wrote: "... it is one of the tragic aspects of the struggle to us here, in a School whose members come from most of the countries of Europe, that Bedalians will be fighting on either side.  This thought alone will prevent us from hating or decrying enemies amongst whom friends and dear comrades will be doing their duty loyally and bravely as their comrades on our side.  May the time come, and soon, when we can clasp their hand again in thankfulness that this madness of nations is overpast, and in the hope that somehow good shall come out of all the ill that lies around us and before us now."

Bedales will be joining the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 'Lest We Forget' campaign, by posting details of all the Bedalians who died in the First World War on the centenaries of their deaths. As each anniversary occurs we will be posting details on the Library/Archive Twitter account, and there will be links to any further information that we have about each person.  

Most of the research work and all the writing is the work of Ruth Whiting, History teacher from 1963 - 2000. Click on the photos below for more information.