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Graph showing numbers of public school pupils killed in the Great War
 

Table: War service figures for selected public schools

School

Numbers serving*

Numbers killed*

% killed

Eton

5650

1157

21

Rugby

3445

689

20

Tonbridge

2225

415

19

Sedbergh

1250

251

20

St Lawrence

650

132

20

Royal School Armagh

235

43

18

* Information from G Corrigan, Mud, Blood and Poppycock, pp. 57-8.


Graph: War service figures for selected public schools

Graph of public school pupils killed, 1914-18
 
 

How to use this source:

Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be useful in your presentation. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What does this source tell you about the casualty rates for pupils from the schools shown?
  • These were schools for the wealthy and privileged. Do you think these pupils are more likely to have served as officers or ordinary soldiers?
  • Will you use this source in your presentation?
 
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