The Abingdonian 1914 – 1925

The Abingdonian provides a fascinating contemporary narrative of the progress of the war from the School’s perspective, fascinating because of course the Editor did not know what was going to happen. The jaunty optimism of his December 1914 editorial has given way by December 1915 to a rugged determination to ‘carry on’. By March 1917 he is freely conceding that the nation is engaged in a desperate struggle, and by March 1918 he is afraid, “All England must share in the strain and anxiety of the critical happenings on the Western Front”.

Within the magazine’s pages there are letters from serving Old Abindonians and former members of staff, poems by pupils and OAs, information as to how the war affected the School, and how it affected the people the School knew – promotions, awards, postings and of course the ever-growing casualty lists.