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It is with the greatest regret that I write to tell you that Captain Werner is missing. He has been with my Battalion for the last two months and has been of the greatest help to me. He was a most capable officer, and I have seldom seen his equal for untiring keenness.

Extract of a letter received by the Head Master from 25th Infantry Brigade, 8th Division on 20 May 1915

In 2013, the six volumes of Harrow Memorials of the Great War and other relevant archive material were digitised on Harrow’s World War One Memorial Website: www.harrowschool-ww1.org.uk. Each double spread in Harrow Memorials of the Great War is dedicated to a fallen Harrovian: the pages include their photographs and written descriptions of their service to School and country. This digitisation project was generously funded by the School's alumni organisation, the Harrow Association (HA) and Harrow was the first School to have such a record.

Since 2014, the names of the eight Old Harrovians who received the VC during World War One have been printed in our calendar, on the days they died. In addition, our alumni magazine, Follow Up!, has included an annual roll of honour, listing the names and ranks of the Old Harrovians who fell 100 years previously, along with the dates of their deaths. 

The 2017 issue of Follow Up! presented several other pieces on World War One, including articles about:

  • the unveiling of special paving stones at Freemasons Hall to commemorate the 64 English Freemasons who won the VC during World War One;
  • the eight Old Harrovians and Harrow Master and Chaplain who were awarded the VC “for most conspicuous bravery” during World War One;
  • the War Memorial Building and The Alex Fitch Room;
  • General Henry, Baron Horne of Stirkoke GCB, KCMG (The Knoll 1874); and
  • the 300kg tenor bell donated by the HA and the School's fundraising arm, Harrow Development Trust (HDT, to St George’s Memorial Church in Ypres.