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Culpin, Karl Henry (1893-1917)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: Karl Henry Culpin (1893-1917), also known as Charles Henry Culpin, born 10 September 1893 at 30 Becketts Road, Wheatley, Yorkshire.

Son of Henry Culpin (1861-1912), accountant to the Great Northern Railway, and Johanna Culpin (née Staengel, baptised on the 24th May 1861 in Ulm Württemberg, Southern Germany. Her father was Johann Friedrich Carl & her mother Sophie Reibel).

Siblings: John Reibel Culpin (1895-1948) (interned as civilian prisoner of war at Ruhleben throughout the First World war) and Mary Johanna Culpin (24 May 1897-).


Educated at Doncaster Grammar School, 1902-1911. County Minor Scholar. A keen debater. Captain of the 2nd XI Football team 1910/1911; captain of the swimming club 1910; secretary of the rifle club 1910/11; joint editor of the school magazine, Danensis, 1911/12.


Exhibitioner at Merton College, Oxford, 1912-1915. He took a 1st Class degree in Modern History in 1915 (special subject currency, finance & banking). Member of Oxford University OTC. While at Oxford Culpin became close friends with T.S. Eliot


Temporary master at Sherborne School (taught mathematics, geography and history), September 1915-April 1916.


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant (made temporary 2nd Lieutenant, 5 September 1916) in the Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion attached to 10th Battalion. Changed his first name from Karl to Charles. Wounded on 9 May 1917 during the Battle of Arras. Died of wounds on 15 May 1917.


Commemorated at:

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, IV.D.7,%20CHARL...

Doncaster Grammar School 1914-1918 war memorial.


Biographical Information:

1901 Census, 36, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster:

Henry Culpin Head M 40 Incorporated Accountant Born, Walton, Northampton.

Johanna Culpin Wife M 39 Germany (German birth).

Karl H. Culpin Son S 7 Wheatley, Yorkshire.

John R. Culpin Son S 5 Wheatley, Yorkshire.

Mary S. Culpin Daughter S 3 Wheatley, Yorkshire.

Agnes Poskitt Servant S 18 General Servant Domestic Wheatley, Yorkshire.


1911 Census, 7, St Mary’s Road, Doncaster:

Henry Culpin Head M 50 Accountant (Chief) Railway, GMR Walton, Northants.

Johanna Culpin Wife M 49 Germany (Resident).

Karl Culpin Son S 17 School Wheatley, Yorkshire.

John Culpin Son S 15 School Wheatley, Yorkshire.

Mary Culpin Daughter S 13 School Wheatley, Yorkshire.

Agnes Poskitt Servant S 28 General Servant (Domestic) Wheatley, Yorkshire.


Head Master’s Report to the Governors for 1915:

This term Mr K.H. Culpin, BA, late Exhibitioner of Merton College, Oxford, is taking part of the work relinquished by Mr Alderson, and also some of the History teaching of Mr Heriz-Smith, who is preparing to take Holy Orders.


Blue Book, Sherborne School, Michaelmas Term 1915:

K.H. Culpin, B.A., late Exhibitioner, Merton College, Oxford.

Teaching mathematics.


The Shirburnian, November 1915:

p.176, We welcome Messrs. Culpin, Oak-Rhind, and Sainsbury, who have joined us this term, and wish them every success at Sherborne.

p.190-194, On Sunday, October 24th, a Debate was held in the Big Schoolroom, by the kind permission of the Headmaster, who took the chair. There was a very large attendance, including several ladies, several members of the staff, and Mr C.G. Coulton. The motion before the House was that in the opinion of this House, the present Public School system of education is unsatisfactory… MR.K.H. CULPIN pointed out that independence existed in spite and instead of Public Schools. He disagreed with the President's artistic ideals. We had failed in our duty (hear, hear). Conformation to type was not the fault of Public Schools, but of Class differences. The Upper Classes were too little interested in Lower Classes. The Classics were the best taught subject, having been realized some five hundred years ago. Public Schools teach how to learn and how to think. Classics were not permanently suitable for education, as they were known and fixed, while Society was always changing. The conditions regarding education were too ideal. History and Political Science should be taught in Upper Forms. The object of education was to learn, not that things are so, but why they are so. The HEADMASTER then put the motion to the vote, remarking on the unsatisfactory wording of the motion. The motion was carried by a large majority


The Shirburnian, December 1915:

p.224, THE SOPHISTS. On Saturday, November 20th, Mr Culpin read a paper on 'A Universal Service.' The meeting ended in a debate on different points arising out of the paper.

p.224-226, On Sunday, December 10th, the motion before the House was that 'under the present system too much importance is given to Games.' The debate was held at short notice, and there were no speakers upon the paper. Yet the level of the discussion was so high that one was tempted to think this informality worthy of elevation into a precedent.

The PRESIDENT (S. P.B. Mais, Esq.) was pleased to think that the super-athlete, the brawny brainless, needs no arraignment. His day was done. But the influence of games upon

Mental and moral development was a difficult question. As an aid to its elucidation the President told the story of an under-graduate who looked back upon the most insignificant of insignificant careers at School, yet, becoming a Blue, found much expected of him, much deferred to him, and stranger still, found himself more than equal to the new demands…

K.H. CULPIN, ESQ., thought far too much time was spent upon games. Two afternoons a week at least should be left for the boy to use at his own discretion. Too much compulsion was not a good thing for the character. If more opportunity were given for other pursuits, proficiency in these pursuits might perhaps be highly valued, and give the boy and the man that esteem which the President's story had shewn was so necessary for self-realisation…

The motion was then put to the House. There were over seventy present. Only six voted against the motion. The vote, no less than the speeches, served to shew what a strong current of school opinion is setting against the old worship of games.

Unlike too many School debates, there was no quibbling, no forensic display, but a calm and noteworthy discussion. All the speakers, with one exception, were united in urging moderate demands for more leisure and broader scholastic ideals. The stern seriousness of speakers and audience alike made the occasion an impressive one. There are many who might have profited by attendance


Blue Book, Sherborne School, Lent Term 1916:

C.H. Culpin, B.A., late Exhibitioner, Merton College, Oxford. Teaching mathematics and geography.


The Shirburnian, June 1916:

p.280, Everyone at Sherborne was extremely sorry to lose Mr. K.H. Culpin last term. We welcome Mr. L.B. Hornsby-Wright, who has joined the Staff this term.


Head Master’s Report to the Governors for 1916:

Two other masters have joined the Army during the School year, Mr Elderton and Mr Culpin. Mr Culpin was in any case only a temporary master, but Mr Elderton had been my valued House Tutor in the School House ever since I came as well as a most active member of the teaching staff… When Mr Culpin left at Easter I was glad to be able to appoint Mr L.B. Hornsby-Wright to a regular Mastership in Science, Mathematics and English.


British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920:

Charles Henry CULPIN.

Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st Battalion attached to 10th Battalion.

2nd Lieutenant.

Christian name amended.

Theatre of War first served in: France.

Died of wounds, 15 May 1917.

Mother: Mrs Culpin, 19 Brentmead Place, Golders Green, NW11. [26 Lyoncroft Gardens, Hampstead NW6 – crossed out].

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