In St John's Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight
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The Isle of Wight College was formed in 1880 as a Limited company offering a public school education to boys from about 8 to 18 years of age. It was a short lived venture; by 1895, there were legal moves to wind up the company's affairs, but it was not until 1905 that the School was finally closed. It was located in Appley House, the former home of a Mr M Clayton, and at some time neighbouring buildings in Appley Rise were also used. The buildings were sold in 1905 to the Benedictine Order from Solesmes in France, which now form part of St Cecilia's Abbey in Ryde.
The Historical Record of the Isle of Wight College, Apley, Ryde was written by K.J.M. Teesdale in 1934. This contains the Rolls of Honour for the South African War and The Great War which are recorded here. It is now housed in St John's Church, Ryde in a case beneath the commemorative window for the College which was installed in 1933.
A separate undertaking, Appley House School, was created in the latter part of the 1900's and became Little Appley School, which closed in December 1966.
The Roll of Honour seems to cover pupils from both the Isle of Wight College and Appley House School eras. O.V. indicates Old Vectensian.
See Ryde Borough Great War Memorial for other Ryde names.
[Thanks to the Revd. Hugh Wright for permission to copy the Roll of Honour from the College History]
Killed in South African War
It is known that 27 O.V.'s served in this War.
In all probability more were engaged.
One O.V. known to have served was Lt Clement Leslie Smith, who subsequently was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the Somaliland campaign. For details see the entry below from Hampshire at the Beginning of the 20th Century
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Killed in Great War
Another pupil at Appley House School from 1906 - 1910 was George Raymond Dallas Moor who was awarded the VC, MC and Bar in the Great War. Born in Australia, he went on to Cheltenham College, before being commissioned in the Hampshire Regiment. He died of Spanish influenza in 1918. CWGC record ...
He has an entry on the Hampshire Regiment Victoria Cross Memorial at the Hampshire Regiment Museum and his photograph and medals are on display at the Hampshire Regiment Museum, in Winchester.
Page updated : 25 November 2015 (added biography of Lt C L Smith)