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Officers’ Service Records: University Fallen in the National Archives

By Euan Loarridge, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Glasgow.


Header of Army Form M.T.392 (The Pink Form) Application for a appointment to a temporary commission in the Army during WW1. WO_339/38350 TNA, London.

Amongst the National Archives’ vast collection of documents relating to the First World War are boxes WO_339 and WO_374, which together constitute a series of files related to the service records of individual officers of the British Army who served in that conflict. Unlike the service records for ordinary ranks, which are available to view and search online,  digital copies of officers service records are  not currently available and so can only be accessed in hard copy, in person, at the National Archives in London.


Wings to War: Glasgow and the Centenary of the Royal Air Force

By Jesper Ericsson, Curatorial Assistant, The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.


Today, 1 April 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. A new special exhibition in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, Wings to War: Glasgow and the Centenary of the Royal Air Force, explores the remarkable connections between the RAF and the University and city of Glasgow, from the age of fragile biplanes to fast jets, highlighting the contributions and sacrifice made by University staff and alumni. Artworks by former Director of The Glasgow School of Art, distinguished artist and designer Dugald Cameron, support the display.


Remembering Donald Williamson Rennie

By Bill Sutherland, Great War Project volunteer

11 November 2014 is the first Remembrance Day of the First World War Centenary. It is coincidentally the centenary of the death of Second-Lieutenant Donald Williamson Rennie (1st Royal Fusiliers), a member of the University Officers Training Corps. Rennie’s was the third cross placed in the University of Glasgow Garden of Remembrance.


University of Glasgow Archives Reference: CH4/4/2/2/232


Curating the war

by Michael O’Brien, MSc Museum Studies postgraduate student

Of the many tasks that were presented to me on my Museum Studies MSc placement with the Great War Project, I believe the artefact selection and curation was possibly the most challenging. In this post I will discuss these challenges and the subsequent conclusions that led to the curation of artefacts in the exhibition, Glasgow University’s Great War: the University Officers Training Corps.


Michael O’Brien in the University of Glasgow memorial chapel


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.


Research outline: the Gilmorehill experience 1910-1930

By Dr Tony Pollard

Memorialisation aside, our project’s focus on researching the university’s experience of the Great War will shed light not just on the experiences of those men and women who left to serve, most obviously in the military, the medical services or on the industrial home front (ammunition manufacture, etc.), but also on the running of the university during the war.