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Eton College 1918-1939

My predicament is with a story set sometime between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second at Eton.

I did my basic research beginning with Wikipedia, which was quite informative on the origins of the school, and it's system today. Informative, yes, but not what I'm looking for. I then went onto the Eton College website itself, and dug up some quite interesting PDF files on it's history. But again, this was more generalised than I wished for. Google searches on 'eton college 1918-1939' and similar phrasing turned up barely anything, though 'eton college during war' was slightly (if not much) better.

Either way, I have a few specific questions which still remain unanswered:

1. Would the son of a minor German aristocrat have been allowed to enrol at the school during this period? And if so, what would have been his reception there?

2. What would the general attitude have been towards a German family living in England? And if the mother is English? What would be the effects of that (be they positive or negative) have been?

3. How would the daily lives of the boys at Eton have changed once the Second World War started, in comparison to during peacetime?

Pertaining to the last question, I found a great magazine article from the later years of the First World War, entitled The Spirit of the War: At Eton and I imagine a lot of the stuff is transferable to the Second. And I was interested to read from an interview on the BBC WW2 People's War section that girls' schools in London were actually evacuated to Eton during the war. Nevertheless, I would like some more definitve information on the subject, if possible.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Tags: 1910-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-1939, uk: education, uk: history: world war ii, ~world war ii

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