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Captain Harry Sherwood Ranken, VC

On 25 September 2014 Glasgow University’s Great War Project officially launched after a special commemoration service for the first war death of the university community: Capt Harry Sherwood Ranken, RAMC. Ranken graduated from the University of Glasgow MB ChB (with commendation) in 1905. He died of wounds on 25 September 1914 and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the first Glasgow-born recipient of the award in the First World War.

Harry Ranken, Glasgow's first VC and the first death from the University of Glasgow community. GUAS Ref: CH4/4/2/2/226

Harry Ranken, Glasgow’s first VC and the first death from the University of Glasgow community. GUAS Ref: CH4/4/2/2/226

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From Forensic Medicine to the Western Front: the papers of John Glaister, Jr.

by Jim McLarnon, Glasgow University’s Great War project volunteer

Glaister jnr material DC403-2-3-71 In uniform

John Glaister Jr (left) in uniform. GUAS Ref: DC403/2/3/71

John Glaister Jr (1892-1971) was educated at the High School of Glasgow. After graduation, he followed his father, Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine and Public Health John Glaister Sr, to the University of Glasgow where he studied Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health. He took classes in Physics, Physiology, Anatomy, Diseases of the Eye, Medica Therapeutica and Practical Anatomy, including dissections of upper limbs, head and neck.

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A Tale of Two Bowmans

By Kate Gordon, Glasgow University’s Great War project volunteer

Archibald Allan (A A) Bowman, a former student and later Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, was captured at the Battle of Lys on 9th April 1918 and remained a prisoner of war in Germany until December 1918. His records include correspondence in the form of postcards and letters from family including his wife, Mabel Stewart Bowman, friends and colleagues and other officers that he met and formed friendships with during his time in the prison camps.

 

Archibald Allan Bowman. Glasgow University Archive Services Ref: DC077/9/2/18.

Archibald Allan Bowman. Glasgow University Archive Services Ref: DC077/9/2/18.

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