John Betjeman

John Betjeman and his family used to holiday at Trebetherick  in Cornwall, where they met up with Skipper Lynam’s brother ‘Hum’ and his family. John had not been happy at his school in Highgate and Hum persuaded the Betjemans that John should attend the OPS.

The future Poet Laureate joined the OPS as a ten year old boarder in 1917. He later wrote about his time at the school in ‘Summoned By Bells’, in which he recalled Skipper Lynam reading out the names of those who had died “for King and Country and the Dragon School.” The news, John could see, was causing Skipper considerable grief, but for the boys what was of far greater interest or concern were their bicycles, gangs “and what there was for prep.”

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