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Papers relating to Hugh Preston

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MS. 21836
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Album containing articles written by Hugh Preston for The Cornish Times about the Oxford Group and Moral Re-Armament, 1938-1939. The album also contains photographs of Preston, poems he wrote while serving in the army in North Africa, and press reports, obituaries and photographs of his grave following his death from wounds in Libya in March 1942.


  1. Envelope containing 'Hugh's hair cut for first time on Sept. 17th 1914'
  2. Letter to Hugh Preston from his father while serving in the British Expeditionary Force, 5 Feb 1917
  3. Letter to Hugh Preston from Lieutenant-General Desmond Francis Anderson commenting on his officer's training at Bulford Camp [Wiltshire], 9 Feb 1941


  • Creation: 1914-1942


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 21836, fol. 1].

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MS. 21836

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 21836


Album containing articles written by Hugh Preston about the Oxford Group and Moral Re-Armament with related photographs, printed ephemera and two letters.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh Graham Preston was born on 4 July 1913 and educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge, reading law. He joined the firm of Caunter, Venning and Harwood in Liskeard, Cornwall, as an assistant-solicitor. For nine months before being called into the Army he worked for the Oxford Group. He died on 18 March 1942 of wounds received in fighting in Libya.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Hugh Preston's nephew, Kerrison Preston, in 2022.

Catalogue of Papers of Hugh Preston
Lucy McCann
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom