Univer­sity cre­ates vir­tual mu­seum to re­mem­ber stu­dents

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THE Univer­sity of St An­drews has cre­ated a vir­tual mu­seum to re­mem­ber the war dead who stud­ied at the an­cient in­sti­tu­tion in north-east Fife.

The School of Com­puter Sci­ence has worked in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Royal Scots Mu­seum to cre­ate a dig­i­tal roll of hon­our to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The univer­sity is also taking part in Poppy Scot­land’s na­tional Light Up Red cam­paign. The fa­mous St Sal­va­tor’s Quad, the Gate­way Build­ing over­look­ing the Old Course Ho­tel and the Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion build­ing, has been lit up red in recog­ni­tion of the First World War gen­er­a­tion who served, sac­ri­ficed and changed our world for­ever.

Every mem­ber of The Royal Scots who died in the war is in­cluded in the Univer­sity of St An­drews’ new vir­tual mu­seum. The roll of hon­our con­tains in­for­ma­tion on the sol­diers’ lives, deaths, medals, graves and any avail­able pho­to­graphs.

Among those who died were for­mer stu­dents and grad­u­ates from St An­drews. Ten per cent of all St An­drews grad­u­ates who were killed in World War One served with the Royal Scots.

Charles Yule, pic­tured in­set, was killed near Ver­melles in France on May 11, 1916 when he was 27 in a direct hit from Ger­man ar­tillery.

He achieved a first-class hon­ours de­gree for his MA in clas­sics and eco­nomic sci­ence, then a BLitt post­grad­u­ate de­gree.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion he went to work at Gen­eral Regis­ter House (now the Na­tional Records of Scot­land) as as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor be­fore be­ing com­mis­sioned in 1914 as a sec­ond lieu­tenant in The Royal Scots.

He was rapidly pro­moted to lieu­tenant, and in the au­tumn of 1915 be­came a tem­po­rary cap­tain. Yule fought coura­geously in the Bat­tle of Loos and was rec­om­mended for the mil­i­tary cross.

The Rev­erend Matthew Mar­shall was also 27 when he was killed in ac­tion on Au­gust 11, 1918 at Par­avillers-sur-Somme in France, dur­ing the early phases of the Bat­tle of Amiens, a de­ci­sive bat­tle which is of­ten seen as help­ing se­cure the al­lied vic­tory over Ger­many.

He had com­pleted his MA at the Univer­sity of St An­drews in 1911, where he was also a mem­ber of the OTC and went on to be­come as­sis­tant min­is­ter at St Giles’ Kirk in Ed­in­burgh. An­other for­mer stu­dent, Ge­orge Philp, from Dun­fermline, was just 33 when he died at Gal­lipoli in May 1915. He had grad­u­ated with an MA in 1904 and was a mem­ber of the univer­sity bat­tery – a group of ar­tillery vol­un­teers.

He was dux of Dun­fermline High and af­ter grad­u­a­tion be­came a teacher at Re­gent Road School, Abbey­hill, in Ed­in­burgh.

John Alexan­der Hay Smith was only 24 when he was killed in ac­tion at Fes­tu­bert, France on Au­gust 14, 1915. The son of a Dundee jute mer­chant, he at­tended the same school as Field Mar­shal Dou­glas Haig – Clifton Bank School in St An­drews.

The full roll can be viewed at stray­light.cs.st-an­drews.ac.uk/ roy­alscots

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