Winchester College at War

Welcome to Winchester College at War, the online resource that enables you to search the Winchester College Rolls of Honour. The site provides a brief biography for every member of the School community who perished in either the First or Second World War.


World War I

2488 members of the Winchester College community served in the armed forces during World War I. This figure includes teaching staff, Quiristers (younger boys who sing in the chapel choir), and pupils (known as Wykehamists). 514 died, serving predominantly in the army. The total number of boys in the school, in each year between 1914 and 1918, was no more than 450. Effectively, Winchester College lost a generation of young men to the Great War.

World War II

2455 members of the Winchester College community served in the Forces during World War II. This figure includes 2370 Wykehamists, 16 Assistant Masters and 69 Quiristers. 285 gave their lives as a result of enemy action, including 3 Quiristers and 11 civilians.  Wykehamists such as Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, who headed Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, Viscount Portal of Hungerford, Chief of the Air Staff, and Field Marshal Earl Wavell are all considered to have played vital roles in Britain’s defence.