Journey's End Characters

Journey's End Character List

Stanhope, Captain

He is the protagonist of the play. He joined the war straight out of school at eighteen; the play always references "school," which likely means a military academy. He’s served nearly three years, spending the past year now as Commanding Officer of C Company. He drinks heavily to deaden his nerves in order to cope with the terrors of war. He throws himself into his duties and hardly sleeps. He has a bit of a temper, but he is liked and respected by his men. He looked after Raleigh while they were in school together and he started a relationship with Raleigh’s sister over a summer he spent with their family; he hopes to be engaged to her after the war ends, they write letters to one another and he keeps a photograph of her in a leather pocket case. Stanhope resents that Raleigh managed to find his way into his regiment, as he worries that he’ll write about his current, less-than-admirable condition to his sister and jeopardize their continued relationship.


He is the second-in-command of C Company. He is middle-aged, level-headed and attends to all duties well, belying his character as a schoolmaster. The men refer to him as Uncle. He holds much respect for Stanhope’s abilities, experience and perseverance in command and rejects any notion that he should surpass Stanhope. He takes an almost caretaker role with his bonds to Stanhope.


A fresh, new, eighteen-year-old Second Lieutenant straight out of school. His uncle, General Raleigh, berates him for asking if he can serve in a specific battalion, scorning the idea of special treatment, but quietly makes the necessary paperwork for his assignment directly into Stanhope’s regiment. Raleigh shares a past with Captain Stanhope; they went to school together and their fathers were friends. He looks up to him and knows him by his first name, Dennis. He hasn’t seen him since summer of the previous year. Raleigh's first name is revealed as Jimmy by Stanhope in the end of the play.


He is a Second Lieutenant and third in line of command of C Company. He is middle-aged, short and fat. He enjoys his food and is starting to bulge out of his uniform. He tries to make the most of life in the trenches, and deals with things by eating, a contrast to many of the other men.


He is another junior officer in C Company. He claims to be suffering harshly from neuralgia, but Stanhope believes he is just feigning in order to cook up a means to leave the front lines and go back home.


He is Stanhope’s superior as the Commanding Officer of – presumably – the battalion or regiment. He demonstrates that he is not callous to the plight of the men when he suggests to the Brigadier that the planned raiding operation be conducted at, or nearer to, dark as opposed to daylight (a suggestion that the Brigadier and the rest of the top brass refuse).


He is an enlisted soldier taken from one of the platoons among C Company. He is currently assigned as the cook and servant aide to the officers.


He is a Captain from another regiment. He thinks it may be best if Stanhope is replaced as CO, reasoning against his young age, his drinking, his temperament, and also because he believes Stanhope is beginning to crack from his long service on the front.


He is a huge, burly man. As Sergeant-Major, he is in charge of the enlisted men of C Company and sometimes relieves the officers on duty watch details.

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