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who served with the Northum­ber­land Fusiliers. Born in 1895, John lived in Gos­forth with his par­ents and six sib­lings. He was 20 when he was com­mis­sioned, and saw ac­tion at the Bat­tle of the Somme 1916, where he was in­jured.

The fol­low­ing year John was made a sig­nalling and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and was awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross for gal­lantry in 1917, near Croisilles in France. He was killed in ac­tion in Oc­to­ber 1917 aged 22.

Vol­un­teers also re­searched Ruth Ni­chol­son, a New­cas­tle Univer­sity med­i­cal grad­u­ate who of­fered her ser­vices as a sur­geon to the War Fegget­ter John Hak­i­fax in Of­fice but was re­jected for be­ing a woman. Un­de­terred, she joined Dr Elsie Inglis of the Scot­tish Women’s Hos­pi­tals, and helped to set up a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal un­der the French Red Cross in an aban­doned abbey at Roy­au­mont, 20 miles north of Paris. Staffed en­tirely by women, Roy­au­mont was the largest con­tin­u­ously-op­er­at­ing vol­un­tary hos­pi­tal in France and had treated more than 10,000 pa­tients by the end of the war. Uni­ver­si­ties at War has also in­cluded a schools out­reach pro­gramme, ex­hi­bi­tions, com­mu­nity group part­ner­ships, a stu­dent-led doc­u­men­tary project and an oral his­tory project. Ruth Sheret, New­cas­tle Univer­sity ar­chiv­ist, said: “One of the main aims of this project was to make the re­search as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble to schools, com­mu­nity groups, his­tory groups and mem­bers of the pub­lic so that the sto­ries gath­ered will not be lost. “Al­though we’ve been able to fill in a lot of the gaps, there is still more work to be done. Any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion about a per­son who worked or stud­ied at Arm­strong Col­lege at the time of the First World War should get in touch and help us en­sure that the fallen are more than just names on a memo­rial.”

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