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The Oxford of Raymond Asquith and Willie Elmhirst

M. G. Brock

in The History of the University of Oxford

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199510177
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191700972 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510177.003.0031

Series: History of the University of Oxford

The Oxford of Raymond Asquith and Willie Elmhirst

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Raymond Asquith came up to Balliol College as a scholar in 1897 and held an All Souls fellowship from 1903 to 1910. His father, who had also been a Balliol scholar, became Prime Minister in April 1908. Willie Elmhirst was a commoner at Worcester from 1911 to 1914. The diary which he kept during his freshman year came to light in 1967 and was published two years later. Both joined the colours in December 1914; and before the Battle of the Somme was over both had been killed in action — Asquith at Ginchy on September 15, 1916, as British tanks went into action for the first time, Elmhirst a few miles north-west of that at Serre, on November 13 during the battle's last phase. Both men came from the professional class and had been public school boarders. Asquith had started his career in Balliol, Oxford University's most powerful college; Elmhirst was a commoner of Worcester College, then one of its smallest and poorest.

Keywords: Oxford University; Raymond Asquith; Balliol College; Worcester College; Willie Elmhirst; Battle of the Somme

Chapter.  21383 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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