285 Bedalians served in the armed forces (of many European countries) during the war; 30 received decorations; 66 students, two teaching staff and two domestic staff were killed; a further 19 men and 62 women were aiding the War Effort in civilian occupations (Ruth Whiting and Bedales Record 1919).
Badley wrote of those who had lost their lives in WW1 (Memories and Reflections, p153):
"Their memorial, we felt, should not merely be a tablet with its list of names but something closely and constantly affecting the life of the school, a building in daily use whose beauty should be an ever present influence. So came into being what is now the central feature of the school buildings, the Library."
On the same page Badley reflected: "There had, of course, been critics of co-education who declared that boys brought up with girls, instead of in the hardening conditions of the Public School, must inevitably become soft and unable to hold their own in the rough and tumble of life. Here then [during the Great War] was the time that more than any should put this to the test; and by its outcome it was we, and not the critics, which were justified".