History: King Edward’s School and the Great War

Over 1,400 of King Edward’s School’s old boys and masters served in the Great War. At least 245 Old Edwardians lost their lives during the conflict and in the School Chapel there are bronze memorial plaques which bear their names.

We have commemorated the service and sacrifice of these Old Edwardians through a programme of events during the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Many of these resources are available to be shared with local primary schools, as detailed below.

Roll of Honour

Our digital Roll of Honour provides biographies, service records and photographs (where possible) for each of the 245 Old Edwardians who lost their lives in the war. Just like the pupils at the school today, these boys came from across Birmingham and the wider region and from a range of family backgrounds.

Primary schoolchildren are able to browse the Roll of Honour to research the school careers, military records and honours received by these former pupils of King Edward’s. If you would like to direct your pupils to specific records based on factors such as name, address or age, a searchable spreadsheet is available by emailing: outreach@kes.org.uk

We would politely ask that you do not download any images from the Roll of Honour as many are subject to copyright.

Access the Roll of Honour and the Old Edwardians’ Deeds of Gallantry.

Great War films

Four films have been produced to accompany the exhibitions in the Chapel. The experiences of three Old Edwardians are told in individual documentary films, and an additional film explores the history of the Somme.

Each of the films are available to watch through the links below:

Tolkien’s Great War

Robert Gilson: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

History of the Somme

Walford’s War

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