2016 · ISSUE 5
EVENTS & REUNIONS
The Dragon WWI Commemoration
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 September 2015
Over 450 pupils, current and past
parents, Dragon alumni and the wider
community attended the Dragon’s two
day commemorative event. Sacrifices
made by former Dragon pupils and staff
were remembered while exhibits and
activities explored the deeper impact the
war had made on individuals, the School
community and society.
Children handled WWI objects,
dressed-up in period outfits and were
drilled by a ‘pre-war regular’ of the Essex
Regiment. Dragon pupils read classic
WWI poetry while stories and artefacts
linked to current staff, pupils or Old
Dragons were displayed, along with a
replica British Mark IV tank and even a
trench, complete with rats.
Genealogists from the Oxfordshire
Family History Society traced ancestors
involved in the Great War. Dragon
Groundsman, Neil Pudney, along with
Charles Oldershaw (Dragon Staff 1987-
91), shared their collection of Great War
artefacts and discussed those brought in
on the day, including medals, a bayonet
and a Prussian helmet dating from 1914.
Sir Anthony Seldon, former Headmaster
of Wellington College, current Vice
Chancellor of Buckingham University and
a leading political historian, delivered a
lecture on Sunday evening, referencing his
Public Schools and the Great War –
The Generation Lost
Desmond Devitt, then Dragon
Registrar, was unaccountably unavailable
to speak on Monday evening, as planned.
Instead, Headmaster ‘Skipper’ Lynam
(1886-1920), bearing an uncanny
resemblance to Mr Devitt, travelled in
time to tell us about his former pupils
who had fought in the war. His poignant
recollections visibly moved the audience
of ODs, staff and parents.
“Getting the balance right between
commemorating our war dead and
acknowledging their sacrifice while engaging
children about the horrors of the Great War
is no easy task. Alumni Officer Victoria
Humble-White and Website Manager Sam
Claydon created a truly memorable and
thought-provoking event that visitors will
reflect upon for years to come,” said John
Baugh, Dragon Headmaster.
This year, John Baugh announced that he
and Wendy will be leaving the Dragon
School at the end of Summer 2017.
For some of you, it will be the end of
an era. For this reason, the March 2017
OD Reunion will focus on former pupils
who attended the School during John
Baugh’s headmastership. This will be
an opportunity to share memories with
your Dragon friends and to say farewell
to John and Wendy Baugh as they look
forward to a new chapter of their lives.
The following Saturday will be for
Junior Old Dragons and their parents.
Invitations for both these events will
be sent in the post, and online booking
details will be sent with the Autumn Old
Dragon e-newsletter in due course. Both
events will be held at the Dragon.
OD Reunion Reception -
JRB's Farewell to former
Friday 24 March 2017
For all ODs (aged 18 and over)
who attended the School between
2002 and 2011, during John Baugh’s
Saturday 25 March 2017
For all Junior Old Dragons, under
18 (year leavers 2012 to 2016) and
Do make sure you have completed the
Update form or emailed us with your
contact details – JODs we email your
parents for safeguarding reasons so ask
your parents to fill in and return the
update form or to send their email toODs@dragonschool.org
There is no charge for either event.
Please make a note of the relevant date
in your diary.