Charterhouse School Chapel

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Charterhouse School

Charterhouse Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Chapel/church
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Charterhouse Memorial Chapel was the inspiration of Frank Fletcher (Headmaster 1911-1935), who began fundraising for a new Chapel in August 1917 when OC losses had already overtaken the number of boys in the School. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and funded by private donations from parents, OCs and staff. The foundation stone was laid on 17th June 1922 by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the completed Chapel was consecrated on 18th June 1927. 687 of those who died in the First World War are named on commemorative panels at the west end of the School’s Memorial Chapel, on the west facing half wall of the antechapel. Names are listed by year of leaving school and then alphabetically, save where later addenda have been slipped into available space; two school servants have been added at the end of the final panel. Opposite, on the east-facing wall, are panels bearing the names of those who fell in the Second World War. For the three masters (one of whom is also listed as a pupil) there are inscriptions within the Chapel itself, alongside the transverse pews immediately to east of the half-wall. Some OC casualties are not named on the Chapel panels: the School’s final War List was completed in December 1919 and those who died later of injuries sustained during the conflict were not included. Given the scale of the conflict it is not surprising that further omissions have emerged since and, although a few have been squeezed in out of sequence, others remain unlisted. A wall tablet installed in Chapel’s north-west porch in 2014 acknowledges collectively these others who also lost their lives, and every known OC casualty has a biographical entry on this website.
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Grade II* (England)


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