The Undone Years: Magdalen College; Roll of Honour 1939-1947 and Roll of Service 1939-1945; and Vietnam - Roger Hutchins & Richard SheppardOxford: Magdalen College, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the head of the title page.
A limited printing of 450 copies, not numbered. Contains: List of subscribers; Black & white photographs; Maps; Tables; List of abbreviations; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “This book is principally a biographical dictionary of the 119 men of Magdalen College who lost their lives in the Allied armed forces or died as a result of enemy action between 1939 and 1947 while serving to ensure our freedom. We have also included the only German member of Magdalen known to have died in World War Two, and one fatality in the Vietnam War. The Roll of Service lists the 1,275 Magdalen men now known to have served in World War Two.
This book has two aims. First, to keep alive the memory of a generation of Magdalen students, old members, choristers, academic and non-academic staff, whose lives were overtaken by war. The experience of each of those who died is set within the context of the campaigns in which they fought and, with the aid of maps, can be followed by anyone without previous military knowledge. For some hardy men World War Two provided opportunities they could not have equalled in peacetime, and they volunteered for extraordinary service. Others loathed the war and its waste, but did their duty. The individual stories are complemented by photographs of 93 of the men (including the German and Vietnam fatalities), and together offer an understanding of the experience of war from the perspective of individuals.
Second, the book includes a Roll of Service to identify nearly all those Magdalen men who were caught up in the War. By showing the diversity of service rendered by the members of one small institution, it acknowledges the debt owed to all World War Two veterans. By these two means the book completes Magdalen’s commemoration of those of its members whose lives, as Wilfred Owen put it in his poem Strange Meeting, were ‘undone’ by wars in the last century.”