Villiers Park Educational Trust’s commemoration of the First World War through extracts from the Old Etonian’s and Eton Manor’s CHIN-WAG Newsletter

Published: 13 May 2015

In the following months we will be uploading extracts from the Chin-Wag newsletter to commemorate the First World War. As you can imagine, the Old Etonians and the Eton Manor Old Boys were keen to join up and support the war effort. They wrote letters back to the Club, many of which were published in Chin-Wag.

We have a long history, with our origins in the Eton Manor Boys’ Club in the East End of London more than one hundred years ago. Our founding Old Etonians worked very hard to help the teenage boys and men of Hackney Wick discover their true abilities and make the most of themselves. It was the active involvement of the Old Etonians as role models and managers of the Clubs that helped to develop the wonderful spirit of camaraderie amongst all its members – men and boys. Nowhere is this more evident than in the pages of the monthly “Chin-Wag” newsletters produced from March 1913 right through to 1967, the newsletters are available for everyone to read in our archives at the Bishopsgate Institute in London and globally on the Institute’s online archive.  The newsletters are full of amusing stories, poems, cartoons and letters from across the Empire, as well as stories about the boys’ sporting achievements, which are all thoroughly evocative of a lost world.

So, as the country marks the centenary of the First World War we felt it appropriate to share a few stories with you, month by month, from July 1914 to 1918 and commemorate the men that fought in the war and served their country.

Read the extracts here: 


September 1914October 1914November 1914December 1914Christmas 1914


January 1915

February 1915

March 1915

April 1915

May 1915

June 1915

July 1915

August 1915

September 1915

October 1915

November 1915

December 1915


January 1916

February 1916

March 1916

April 1916

May 1916

June 1916

July 1916

August 1916

September 1916

October 1916

November 1916

December 1916


January 1917February 1917March 1917April 1917May 1917June 1917July 1917August 1917September 1917

For more information on how nations, communities and individuals across the world are coming together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War please visit the First World War Centenary website.