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Remembrance 2014

9 November 2014

The College’s Book of Remembrance in the Chapel contains the names of Trinity Hall members of differing nationalities who have died serving their country.  This includes 134 names of Trinity Hall members who died during the First World War.

To see the full list of names, please view the Trinity Hall Book or Remembrance.

Entry in Charles Crawley’s  “Trinity Hall: The history of a Cambridge College”:

“In August 1914 war came to men in residence and to freshmen expected in October, at first as a temporary interruption – for some indeed an exhilarating one – but turned before long into a prospect of fading or blighted hopes of Cambridge life.  After more than four years, The College had long been almost empty of students.  After the war, not very many of those who survived came back to finish courses begun and interrupted by it; most men in 1919/20 were freshmen, whether veterans or recent school-leavers, for hardly any men had come up during the war.  On all who came back, or first arrived, from active service abroad, that experience had left an unmistakable mark (as those of us who first came then to Cambridge without it could not help noticing).  There is no accurate record of the number of Hall men who were in uniform during the war, but the list of 134 men who died in service suggests a contrast with the pattern twenty-five years later.  More than a quarter of the former were over 35 years old in 1914 (four of them over 45, and one over 65; none of them had been freshmen after 1914.  In contrast, among the 104 men who died on service in 1939-45 none were over 45 in 1939, all but seven were under 35 then, and nearly forty had come up from school during the war for two years or one year or at least six months.  The difference was due to conscription from the start, with government direction of training and call-up in the second war, compared with indiscriminate recruiting in the first; also to the large number of candidates for commissions who were sent here for short courses of six months as members of the University during the middle years of the second war.  Consequently in 1945-6 the proportion of completely new faces was smaller than in 1919-20.  For these reasons, after the first war much more than the second, the College had to make an entirely fresh start, and to do so with a new Master, new Senior Tutor and new Bursar, a smaller number of fellows and much more slender reserves of money.”


William Rhodes Moorhouse (1908) was the first airman to receive the Victoria Cross

He gained his pilot's certificate in 1911 and began designing monoplanes.  He competed in aviation competitions and was the first to cross the English Channel from Douai to Ashood with two passengers in a biplane.  In 1914, William volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps for training.  He was attached to No. 2 Squadron in March 1915 and then based at Merville in France. 

On 26 April 1915 he was instructed to attack the German-held rail junction at Courtrai, following the first gas attack on the Western Front.  He successfully released his bombs but was hit by machine gun and rifle fire while flying low.  Although his aircraft was damaged - and his thigh torn open - he elected to try and regain the Allied lines rather than crash-landing behind German lines. He received hits to his abdomen and hand, but nevertheless finally managed to land successfully, making his report before being taken to a military hospital for treatment.  He died the following day, aged 27, and received the V.C. on 22 May 1915.

Read more:

The Telegraph - 'Victoria Cross winner braved hail of fire to drop First World War's most important bomb'


William Rhodes

Photo from the Lord Ashcroft Collection at the Imperial War Museum, London






The Fallen Blues

This year the Varsity Rugby match on 11th December commemorates the 55 Fallen Blues.  Amongst them – Trinity Hall member, Richard Lewis Brinley.    He received blues in 1909, 1910 and 1911.  He played for Swansea, London Welsh and Barbarians and received two Wales caps.  He served in Glamorgan Yeomanry and rose to rank of Major, “B” Battery, 122nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 38th (Welsh) Division.  He was killed in action at Ypres when enemy shell hit the Battery Mess on 2 April 1917, aged 26. A full profile can be found on the Swansea RFC Official Website along with images of Richard Lewis Brinley amongst some of his fellow team mates who also lost their lives during the First World War.

This year’s Varsity match will be dedicated to the 27 Oxford Blues and 28 Cambridge Blues who lost their lives in World War 1.

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