Tragedy of Wind in the Willows
Unable to fit in with boys his own age, Alastair (Grahame’s son) was removed from Rugby school after just six weeks and sent to Eton where he suffered a nervous breakdown. In January 1918, he went up to Christ Church, Oxford, after Grahame used his contacts to secure him a place. But, with his bad eyesight, Alastair’s existence was increasingly miserable and solitary. On May 7, 1920, after dining in college, he lay face down on a railway track leading across Oxford’s Port Meadow and was decapitated by a train.