Events & Speakers | Posted 07.12.2016

The Winslow Boy

On Wednesday 23rd November, the Stonyhurst Archivist, Mr David Knight, gave a fully illustrated lecture to the Senior Essay Society, to which members of P.A.S.T. were also invited, about the former Stonyhurst pupil George Archer-Shee. He was expelled from the Royal Naval College on the Isle of Wight accused of theft and forgery. His father, a bank employee, decided to fight the decision. This relatively trivial affair mushroomed into a protracted national media sensation and a trial at the Old Bailey – where only the most important cases outside London are heard – with a humble bank employee taking on the Admiralty, and WINNING! Even the sovereign (King Edward VII) was involved, together with a succession of people from Stonyhurst. It became the inspiration for the play The Winslow Boy by Sir Terence Rattigan – hence the title of the lecture – which in turn led to both films and TV adaptations.