MC:F49/X2 – Ephemera relating to “Godley’s Own”
MC:F49/X2/1 undated (probably 1914-18)
Group photograph of “Godley’s Own”, a volunteer corps raised from members of Magdalen and Magdalen College School and organised by A.D. Godley, who had been a Fellow at Magdalen until 1912. Four members of the group are named on the back of the postcard: Sir Walter Raleigh (F. 1904-14, Hon. F. 1916) and Robert Bridges (Poet Laureate 1913-30) are identified in an unidentified hand, while Sir John Myres (F. 1892-4) and Cyril Bailey (F. Balliol College 1902-39) are identified by Myres himself. Myres also notes that “most of the others are Magdalen School boys, recognizable by their caps.”
MC:F49/X2/2 8 April (year not given)
Letter from C.R.L. Fletcher (F. 1889-1906) (address: Norham End, Oxford) to Mrs Chapman. Fletcher comments that MC:P49/X2/1 is “very curious & very interesting”, and that while it might have been an appropriate addition to Godley’s war diary (which, he notes, is now in the Bodleian Library) it is not suitable as an illustration for “Reliquiae”, a collection of Godley’s verse which Fletcher edited and published in 1926.
MC:F49/X2/3 16 September 1942
Note from Sir John Myres (address: 13, Canterbury Road, Oxford) to Chapman. Chapman has clearly sent Myres the photograph catalogued above as MC:P49/X2/1 to see if he can recognise any of the people in it. Myres replies that he recognises several of them, but can only remember the name of one of them, Cyril Bailey (F. Balliol College 1902-39).
MC:F49/X2/4 10 May 2011
Letter (address: Magdalen College Library & Archives, Oxford) from Dr Christine Ferdinand (F. 1992- ) to Dr Robin Darwall-Smith (Archivist 1996- ) describing how the items in this series (MC:F49/X2) were found.
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