World War I

This year, 9 July marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Fr Robert Henry Joseph Steuart SJ. According to his obituary in Letters and Notices, Fr Steuart was born in Reigate, but his ancestry and home-life were Scottish. He was first educated at Fort Angus and hoped to enter the Navy but was prevented due to his recurrent hay fever. Instead, having a talent for mathematics, he entered the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich where he was a military cadet from March 1892 until February 1893....
World War I ChaplainsWorld War I broke out in August 1914. Although unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium exempt from military duty, by the end of the war 84 Jesuits had served as RC Chaplains to the British Forces and Navy. Here is a small online exhibition which looks at some of the records relating to these Chaplains which have survived in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Please click on the links to discover more about each item:Exemption letterTailor slipContract...
This week the Archives and Records Association has launched its second annual Explore Your Archives awareness campaign. The aim is to increase public awareness of the vital role of archives in our society and to celebrate the collections held in services across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. To find out more and to see what events are happening near you, visit www.exploreyourarchive.org.Here in the Jesuits in Britain Archives we have created an exhibition on the...
A recording of Fr Fitzmaurice SJ's account of witnessing an execution during the First World War.The most unnerving experience that I have had since the war began—perhaps the worst I have ever had--was having to attend a man sentenced to be shot, and having to be present when the sentence was carried out. It was my first case of the kind, and, please God, may it be my last. I had the redeeming consolation of knowing that the poor boy (he was nineteen) died a magnificent death.I went...
Jesuit parishes and other communities throughout Britain are joining the rest of the country today in recalling the outbreak of the First World War, the role its members played in the conflict and the sacrifice of so many thousands.The Great War is being remembered especially at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. More than 1,000 pupils from the school were sent to the trenches; 167 of them died in active service. Three Victoria Crosses were awarded to Old Stonyhurst pupils – the first was...