This 300 page hardback book, to be published by Scala, covers the years 1877-1920 and tells the story of the emergence of a small school in North Oxford under a charismatic headmaster and a remarkable generation that experienced the First World War.

The foreword has been specially written by Old Dragon, Rory Stewart, who observes,

Rory Stewart

“The story of these hundreds of lives and deaths connected by five years in a north Oxford prep school is almost an encyclopaedia of the war. The Dragons evacuate from the beaches of Gallipoli, are killed at the third Battle of Ypres, meet Lawrence of Arabia and Marie Curie, grapple with the German High Seas Fleet in the Battle of Jutland, save the wounded at the Easter Rising and are shot out of the sky by Baron von Richthofen…”

The book includes over 150 images, some never published before (including one of a young John Betjeman at the Lynam holiday home in Cornwall).

Following many delays caused by our current difficulties, it is hoped the book will be coming out in May/June 2021

It is a private publication and thanks to a generous sponsor can be offered at £25 (+ p&p) per copy. It will not be more widely available until next year and this is an opportunity to buy the book for those who have already discovered and even enjoyed the blog (which has now had over 20,000 ‘visitors’ making over 40,000 ‘views’).

Please do register your interest by submitting the form below:

You will be contacted as soon as the book is available for sale.

‘The Skipper’s War’ chapters:

  1. Summer Term 1917
  2. The Oxford Preparatory School
  3. Growth & Development
  4. The Clouds Descend
  5. Over by Christmas?
  6. The Western Front
  7. Summer 1915
  8. The Gallipoli Campaign
  9. Winter 1915/16
  10. The War at Sea
  11. Battle of the Somme
  12. ‘The School-house afar…’
  13. The War in the Air
  14. 1917/18 – the losses mount
  15. The Road to Victory
  16. ‘Too Many Empty Chairs’