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Durham University

Special Collections

Call for Volunteers

Image of D.U.O.T.C. Stobs camp, relaxed, in casual dress, tents beyond, 1914: D. E. Ince, G. M. Garland, J. H. C. Herald, A. G. Mathew, C. Kay, W. D. Lowe (Ref: MIA 1/301)

D.U.O.T.C. Stobs camp, relaxed, in casual dress, tents beyond, 1914: D. E. Ince, G. M. Garland, J. H. C. Herald, A. G. Mathew, C. Kay, W. D. Lowe (Ref: MIA 1/301)

Universities at War Project

Over the next few years Durham University Library is recruiting volunteers to help with Universities at War, a collaborative HLF-funded project with Newcastle University. Nearly 1,500 members of Durham University served during the conflict, and over two hundred of these were killed or died in service.

A Roll of Service was published by the university in 1920 to commemorate their efforts. As the years 1914-1918 mark the centenary of the conflict, we will be re-publishing this Roll of Service and enriching the (rather bare) entries for each person with information drawn from Durham University Library Special Collections and other archives, and from the wide variety of sources now available online. We will tackle first the list of the fallen, publishing short illustrated biographies online on the anniversaries of their deaths, and then move on to commemorating those who survived the conflict. It’s a lot of work – and we need some help!

We would like to hear from members of the public interested in helping us undertake this research. If you’d like to volunteer please provide your personal details below. The research will involve working with printed and online sources, and the use of computers and Office software; volunteers not at home with technology could be paired with those with complementary skills.

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