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Desmond Devitt,

Dragon Registrar

‘Skipper’sWar 1914-1915’

Drinks and Lecture 6.15pm, 7th September

Desmond Devitt, Dragon School Registrar, and

former Head of History and Housemaster,

tells the story of the Dragon’s First World

War through the eyes of the Headmaster

of the Oxford Preparatory School (as the

Dragon was then

known), Skipper

Lynam. Desmond is

responsible for editing

and publishing ‘A

Diversity of Dragons’,

containing numerous

stories by, or about,

famous ‘Old Dragons’

such as John Betjeman,

John Mortimer, Leonard

Cheshire, Antonia

Fraser, and many more.


WW1 Commemoration

Sunday 6th and Monday 7th September 2015

In addition to the Great War replica trench and tank, poetry readings by pupils,

music from the period and exhibition items, activities at the event include:

3.00pm – 6.00pm Exhibition is open

3.00pm – 6.00pm WW1 replica tank – the playground

3.00pm– 6.00pm WW1 replica trench exhibit – the playground

3.00pm – 5.45pm Refreshments throughout the afternoon served by

‘Essence of Vintage’ tearoom – the playground


Corporal Parsons, Basic Training Instructor (1915)

‘Military Induction’ – the Rink (6th September)


Sergeant Parsons, Royal Army Medical Corps (1915)

‘Medical Training’ – the Rink (7th September)


WW1 poetry readings performed by

Dragon School children – Lynam Hall


Corporal Parsons, Basic Training Instructor (1915)

‘Military Induction’ – the Rink (6th September)


Sergeant Parsons, Royal Army Medical Corps (1915)

‘Medical Training’ – the Rink (7th September)


WW1 poetry readings performed by

Dragon School children – the Forum


Forum closes for evening event


Pre-lecture drinks served in Lynam Hall for lecture ticket holders

(Tickets available on the evening. Donations to the Bursary Fund)


6th September – Lecture by Sir Anthony Seldon

‘Public Schools and the Great War – The Generation Lost’


7th September – Lecture by Desmond Devitt,

Dragon School Registrar ‘Skipper’s War’


Lecture ends


Corporal Parsons, BasicTraining

Instructor (1915) (Children’s activity)

Corporal Parsons, pre-war regular of the Essex

Regiment, has been called back into Service to

train new recruits to reinforce the Army of the

Western Front.


Sergeant Parsons, Royal Army

Medical Corps (1915)

Sergeant Parsons, member of the Royal Army

Medical Corps and veteran of the Anglo Boer

War, describes the shortcomings of the Army

Medical Services from that campaign and its

influence on the RAMC in 1914.

Oxfordshire Family

History Society

Oxfordshire Family History Society will be on

hand to answer questions on how to research

your ancestors. Please bring details with you

(e.g. names, dates, places). Whether your

ancestors were local or not, there are plenty of

resources available for you to explore and you

may be surprised by what you can discover.

VickiWood, Education and

Outreach Officer, Soldiers

of Oxfordshire Museum

Representing the excellent and informative

exhibition at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire

Museum in Woodstock, Vicki gives you the

opportunity to handle a collection of WW1

objects and will provide an interpretation of a

‘home front’ film. Children can also ‘dress up’

and learn about outfits of the period.

Tea and cake

available in the

Essence of


’ Mobile Tearoom


Sir Anthony Seldon, former

Master ofWellington College

‘Public Schools and the Great

War – the Generation Lost’

Drinks and Lecture 6.15pm, 6th September

Sir Anthony Seldon, has written or edited over

30 books, including the standard works on Prime

Ministers John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon

Brown. He is the authorised historian of 10

Downing Street and co-founder of the Institute

of Contemporary British History and Action

for Happiness. His future books include the

authorised history of the Washington Embassy, a

study of David Cameron, a new book on Number

10, and one on happiness and spirituality.

Neil Pudney – Battlefield Guide

Neil is an amateur battlefield guide,

researcher and author specialising in the

Great War, in particular the fighting in the

Ypres Salient and battles fought around Arras

and in the Somme. He organises tours of

the Western Front in Northern France and

Belgium. Neil is a member of the International

Guild of Battlefield Guides and the Western

Front Association. He will be available to

answer questions about the Great War and

to examine items of interest you may like to

bring along.

“Old Dragons wrote back

from all the theatres of war

and indeed were pleased to

receive their copies of their

School publication, ‘The

Draconian’ even when in

the trenches. The magazine

was in its way a social

networking phenomenon of

the time.”