Housemaster: Mr T.Smith
Head of House for 2017/2018 - David Bourne
Mascot: Crocodile
Motto: Concilio et Labore (Wisdom and Effort)
House Room Location: New De Carteret Ground Floor

Major Honours

Blomfield Trophy Winners (For Excellence in Sport)

Shield 1969, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989,
1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2015

*Joint Winners

Landick Trophy Winners (For Excellence in the Arts)

Landick 1989, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2016 

A Brief History

Braithwaite house is named after OV General Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite, GCB (11.11.1865 - 07.09.1945). Braithwaite was educated at Victoria College between 1875 and 1880 before attending Bedford School between 1880 and 1884. He then went on to study at the Royal Military Academy, and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Somerset Light Infantry in 1886.

Braithwaite served in the Boer War, seeing action at Ladysmith, Spion Kop, Vaal Krantz and Tugela Heights and was mentioned in dispatches three times. Between the end of the Boer War and the outbreak of WWI, Braithwaite held various positions within the military eventually being promoted to colonel and working in the War Office. After the outbreak of war in 1915, he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Mediterranean Expedition. He was later assigned to the 62nd Division, which was posted to France in January 1917 where he experienced considerable success. Although the division struggled to make headway during the Battle of Arras, it proved a solid and reliable unit during the German Spring Offensive the following year. Following success in repelling German advances at Bullecourt and Cambrai, he was given command of IX Corps and later XII Corps.

After WW1 Braithwaite continued to hold senior military positions and was promoted to General in 1920. He served as a commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from 1927 until his retirement in 1931 after which he became Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a position he held until 1938.

Braithwaite was awarded the honor of King of Arms of the Order of the Bath in 1933. The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry and is awarded to senior military officers with highly distinguished careers.

General Sir Walter Pipon Braithwaite died on 7 September 1945.


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