More Than Victims of Horace

Public Schools 1914-1918 

Timothy Halstead

Public schoolboys in the Great War were part of a nation in arms. This book explains how their involvement was far more than romantic idealism.
Publication date:
July 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Wolverhampton Military Studies
Illustration :
8 b/w photos, 2 colour photos
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ISBN : 9781913336219

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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• Goes beyond the ideological explanation of the public school boys in the Great War
• First scholarly examination of the public schools in the Great War
• Examines the practical elements of public schools being part of a nation in arms
• Discusses public schools in terms of both those who survived as well as those who died

The involvement of public school boys in the Great War has often been seen in terms of ‘a race of innocents dedicated to romantic ideals'. It has been argued that an education based on the teaching of the classics (based on the deeds of military heroes) and the playing of games underpinned this.

In A School in Arms: Uppingham and the Great War Timothy Halstead demonstrated that in the case of Uppingham this involvement was more nuanced than previously suggested. More than Victims of Horace argues that this was the case for all public schools and looks at the role of those who survived as well as those who died.

The book will examine the professionalisation of the British Army in the years leading up to 1914 and how the its relationship with the public schools developed. The rapid expansion of the Army after the outbreak of the war meant that a range of skills were needed to enable it to operate effectively.

This book examines how public schools with their varying approaches were able to support this expansion and prepare their boys for war as well as the common elements to the military training they provided. As part of a nation in arms the schools also contributed to the effort on the home front.

Drawing on the archives of the Headmasters' Conference and several schools, the book provides the first scholarly analysis of the public schools in the Great War.