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10

sKiPPEr’s War

sKiPPEr’s

War

Before the hymn the Headmaster

Skipper Lynam would announce

the latest names of those who

had lost their lives For King and

Country and the Dragon School.

“Sometimes his gruff old

voice was full of tears when

a particular favourite had

been killed,” recalled John

Betjeman, who joined the Oxford

Preparatory School, as it was

then known, as a 10-year-old boy

in the Summer Term of 1917.

THE Od

By Desmond Devitt