Six young men educated in the corridors and rooms of the Richard Hoggart main building died a variety of horrible deaths between 1854 and 1855.
They were killed in the biggest clash of the superpowers of the Victorian Age.
This is the secret history of Goldsmiths’ Crimean War heroes.
They were students of the Royal Naval School, which occupied the neo-Wren style building designed by John Shaw Jr. between 1844 and 1889.
The story of the Royal Naval School is as chaotic and ‘finger-tips on the cliff-edge’ as that of the College.
At that time what we now know as the Great Hall was a large quadrangle open to the sky where the likes of cadet pupils, Edward Carrington, Edwin Richards, R.O. Lewis, Richard Morris, Sidney Smith Boxer, and James Murray did their parade ground drill.
The teaching rooms off the ground floor corridors are where they were taught mathematics, technical drawing, navigation and the classics.
And the corridors and ante-rooms on the first floors of the current main building are where they slept in hammocks sometimes looking out of the large windows at a clear night sky filled with the Milky Way.