Graham, John

He was the only son of Brigadier-General Cuthbert Aubrey Lionel Graham DSO, RA, of Denton House, Cuddesdon, and Josephine Margaret Graham, daughter of Sir Joseph Terry. On his mother’s side, he was half brother of Denys Frank Joseph Goodson (I 1912-1916), who was invalided out of 8th Hussars in 1942 after service in both world wars.

Graham entered the School from Durnford House in April 1926. He made his mark both at work and games. He was in Sixth Book and a Commoner Prefect, and was in Houses VI in 1930. He nearly got into Lord’s, and was in 2nd XI soccer for two years. He was also the winner of School Purling between 1929 and 1931. In 1931 he went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, and took his degree in 1934. He went into the Stock Exchange.

In 1938 he took a commission in Special Reserve of the Black Watch, and served with 1st Battalion in France during the first winter of the war. 1st Battalion formed part of 4th Division, which arrived in France in October 1939.  For the next seven months there were practically no hostilities, since the German Army made no move and the British and French lay on the defensive. In December 1939 1st Battalion was sent down for three weeks to the Saar, to gain patrol experience in the French Sector in front of the Maginot Line.

Graham died suddenly, of an injury received on active service, in hospital at Oxford on May 3rd 1940, aged twenty-eight, and is buried in All Saints churchyard, Cuddesdon. His collection of stamps was bequeathed to the school.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Graham
  • Forenames or initials: John
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1926-1931
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
  • Date of Birth: 27th July 1912
  • Date of Death: 3rd May 1940
  • How Died: Died on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: All Saints Churchyard, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire