Dennis Holme Robertson – A Trinity War Poet

“I don’t suppose you like WAR any better than you expected.” -Gerda Robertson to D.H. Robertson, 21 Sept 1917 (Robertson A1/11/21) Dennis Holme Robertson was admitted to Trinity College in 1908. Originally studying Classics, he switched to Economics in 1910. He received scholarships for both subjects and was in the first class of the Classics …

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Ludwig Wittgenstein and the First World War

Of course, not all Trinity men were from Britain or the Commonwealth and so found their wartime loyalties lay elsewhere. Bertrand Russell’s most famous student at Trinity College was Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), an Austrian philosopher. After arriving at Trinity in 1911, Wittgenstein had progressed so quickly in his work with logic that Russell declared after …

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Bertrand Russell and the Conscientious Objectors

Despite the widespread patriotic support for the Great War, there were many people in Britain who opposed it for moral, economic or political reasons. Some conscientious objectors (COs) were happy to aid the war effort in non-combatant capacities, while others refused to do any work that would contribute to the war effort. Despite being labelled …

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“Nevile’s Court a Hospital…”: The First Eastern General Hospital

At the beginning of the War, Colonel Joseph Griffiths, a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, led plans to build a large open-air field hospital in Cambridge, to be called the First Eastern General Hospital (Territorial Force). Cambridge was an ideal location thanks to its rail connections and the resources available because of the University and Addenbrooke's …

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The 5th Officer Cadet Battalion at Trinity and St. John’s

From 1803 to 1916, young military officers had been trained in conjunction with University education through the Officers Training Corps (OTC), forming the National Reserve of officers. However, due to the unforeseen number of casualties in the first two years of the War, conscription was introduced in 1916 and in the same year the Officer …

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Artefacts from 1914 uncovered at Trinity

On 26 June, 2014 the College Works Department was refurbishing a room on G Staircase, Nevile’s Court, when they discovered these treasures from October 1914 behind the wall. On 31 October, 1914 the painter P.J. Wesson and the paperhangers P.B. Arnold and T. Orriss were refurbishing the room and left this note in red paint …

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