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SOAS Centenary

Alumni Profiles 1940s

Patrick O'Neill

BA Japanese, 1942

Patrick recalls that due to a shortage of teaching materials "...we were presented in our classes with anything from military and naval wireless intercepts, orders and regulations to a story copied from a children’s magazine about a group of schoolgirls being shown around a whaling ship"

Jack Sanders

BA Japanese, 1945

Jack Sanders

For several of us who, to put it mildly, had little knowledge of anything scientific or practical, there was not only the difficulty of learning the words but also of trying to work out what it was all about.


Guy de Moubray

BA Japanese, 1942

Guy de Moubray

It’s strange to think that there are so many languages…clearly, if we are ever going to understand other people then we’ve got to be able talk to them in their own language, and SOAS obviously does a brilliant job of helping with that.

Trevor Jaggar

BA Kiswahili, 1947

Trevor Jaggar worked in Tanzania as a cadet in the 1940s. He studied BA Kiswahili in 1947.