9 Nov - The Olavian ‘Fallen’ and The Great War

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If you are interested in the Olavian ‘Fallen’ and The Great War, I would recommend the book ‘Till All Our Fight Be Fought’ written by Peter Leonard. The book gives a fascinating narrative of the lives and deaths of nearly 200 men from different walks of life, all linked by their attendance at St. Olave’s Grammar School. One of these Olavians was Private Arthur Junkinson who was the last Olavian to die on active military service before peace was announced at 11 am on the 11 November 1918. Having fought at the battle of Ancre, Albert and Baupaume, Private Junkinson caught influenza following a gas attack. Sadly, on the 4 November 1918, a week before the Armistice, he died after his fever changed to pneumonia. He was 29 years old. Arthur attended St. Olave’s from 1903 to 1905, as did his father William Junkinson, an insurance broker from Southwark. He is buried in Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois Grenier.

 


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