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ED 250 05 01


Papers of Richard Selby Durnford, 1885 - 1915



Administrative / Biographical history

Oldest son of Richard and Beatrice Durnford, Richard (usually known as Dick), came to Eton in 1899. He boarded with Mr Luxmoore and on his retirement with Mr Brinton. His school career was a distinguished one; member of Pop, Captain of the Oppidans and in the Newcastle Select. He left in July 1904 and went up to King's College, Cambridge. On graduating he started teaching at Lancing College, but returned to Eton as an assistant master in 1909 and it is clear from his own letters and from all that was written about him that he loved the job and would undoubtedly have followed in his uncle's footsteps [Walter Durnford] as a successful house master. However, in 1914 he felt obliged to join up and was soon a company commander in the 9th battalion, Kings Royal Rifles. He was sent to France in May 1915 and was killed on 30 July, shot through the head at Hooge.


1893 - 1921
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