Blog follows the First World War experiences of Old Etonians throughout the centenary

28 January 2015 | Kate Clements

Villiers Park Educational Trust is a national charity that helps able young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, through educational programmes, to develop the life skills to ensure they reach their full academic potential.

Each month, from September 2014 to 2018, they will be producing an article about members of Eton’s alumni and Eton Manor Boy’s Club alumni that fought in the First World War, using the monthly Chin-Wag newsletters produced from March 1913 right through to 1967. The newsletters are full of amusing stories, poems, cartoons and letters from across the world.

The Old Etonians and the Eton Manor Old Boys were keen to join up and support the war effort. They wrote letters back home, many of which were published in Chin-Wag. These, along with stories from those still at home, feature in the monthly extracts, capturing what was happening month by month for those involved in the First World War.

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