Monday 4 August 2014 saw ceremonies being held around the UK marking 100 years since Britain joined World War One. Indeed, the Brazen Nose magazine presents 3 and 4 August 1914 in College very clearly:
‘On the afternoon of Monday, August 3, a few members of the permanent staff of the College gave a very hearty ‘send off’ from the Old Lodge to the first two of our contemporaries who were volunteering for active service: L. E. P. Grubb, who had been accepted the day before by the War Office as a motor-cyclist despatch rider, and Vivian Bailey, who was applying for a Commission in the East Anglian Territorial Artillery. We knew already that the fiery cross was going out from the O.T.C. head-quarters, and we felt sure that the College would know little of the traditional calm of the Long Vacation. The next day we heard that for seven of our friends all that remained of the conditions which in time of peace might have hampered the immediate realization of their heart’s desire had been swept away, and that only the benediction of the College was needed to secure their permanent Commissions. And so we calmly heard on the telephone late on Tuesday night that the war had begun.’
Lawrence Ernest Pelham Grubb, who is mentioned above as being one of the first members of the College to volunteer for active service was tragically killed in action at Hooge, just over three months later on 15 November 1914.
The Archivists here at Brasenose can use the wide variety of records, which have been preserved for the last 100 years, to determine which students and staff served in the war and in some cases these even allow us to trace their individual stories. One such record is the Brasenose College Roll of Honour 1914-1919. This consists of four volumes of photograph albums containing pictures of members who died on active service. The above photograph of Grubb is taken from the Roll of Honour, and though a very tragic record, it is one which allows us to commemorate those who lost their lives.