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Universities at War: First World War Roll of Honour

Image of Durham University Officers' Training Corps, Stobs camp, 1914. A company formal group, officers and cadets, in uniform. The photograph was taken by H. Hitchen of Northwich, and is within an album, one of four, created by Macfarlane-Grieve. (Ref: M
Durham University Officers' Training Corps, Stobs camp, 1914. A company formal group, officers and cadets, in uniform. The photograph was taken by H. Hitchen of Northwich, and is within an album, one of four, created by Macfarlane-Grieve. (Ref: MIA 1/307)

This Roll of Honour is part of Universities at War, a collaborative HLF-funded project with Newcastle University. This volunteer research project will tell the stories of the alumni of Durham and Newcastle Universities who fell in the First World War, and which will then be published in the Universities at War Digital Memory Book, on this site, and on the Durham at War website. Details of the HLF First World War: then and now grant are available here. In time, the stories of those Durham Colleges alumni, that is members of colleges that still today form part of Durham University, who served and survived will also be researched and published on this site.

Durham University published a Roll of Service in 1920, listing all members of the university - graduates, students, and staff - who served during the conflict. At this time Durham University included colleges which today form part of Newcastle University: in total, 2,464 members of these now separate institutions are listed as having served in some capacity, 325 of whom were killed or died in service in theatres of war extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Middle East, Gallipoli to the Western Front. The names of those servicemen who died, excepting those attending Newcastle colleges, have been extracted from the Roll of Service, and are listed below. We would be happy to learn more about any of these men, and indeed about the service of any members of Durham University who survived the war. Unfortunately it is likely that our records of members' service are incomplete, and we would welcome any information that might allow us to honour here any serviceman or woman whose name has, after all these years, inadvertently been omitted. The university included in the 1920 Roll of Service all staff, graduates and matriculated students, 'and all such persons as may from time to time be admitted by Convocation to the privileges of members of the University', such persons having 'rendered war service in a unit which appears in the official lists of the Navy, Army or Air Force'. All students matriculating before Michaelmas Term 1919 were deemed eligible.

The Roll of Service, and war time issues of the Durham University Journal,The Sphinx (a student magazine), The Bede magazine, and Bede College annual reports have been digitised and are available from this page. Memorials to some of these persons may be found in Hatfield College Chapel, St Chad's College Chapel, St Hild and St Bede's College garden, and Chapel, University College Tunstall Chapel, St Mary the Less South Bailey (St John's College), and Codrington College Chapel.

Bede College

Members of Bede College are not named in the Durham University Roll of Service (1920): the college was, from 1892, associated with rather than a part of the university at this time, and which university college status did not occur until 1975. Some 527 members of the college served during the First World War, 93 of whom were killed or died in service. There follows a list of those who died.