Lost war sto­ries


The Chronicle - - News - By TONY HENDERSON Her­itage Re­porter ec.news@ncjme­dia.co.uk @Hen­drover

THE lost sto­ries of more than 200 col­lege staff and stu­dents who fought and died in the First World War have been recorded for pos­ter­ity in an on­line mem­ory book.

Over the last four years, stu­dent and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have used the New­cas­tle Univer­sity’s spe­cial col­lec­tion ar­chives and on­line re­sources to piece to­gether the sto­ries of the men who worked or stud­ied at Arm­strong Col­lege.

The col­lege was then part of Durham Univer­sity but later be­came New­cas­tle Univer­sity.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween New­cas­tle and Durham uni­ver­si­ties, the Uni­ver­si­ties at War project was in­spired by the plaque fea­tur­ing the names of the 223 men in New­cas­tle Univer­sity’s Arm­strong Build­ing.

With fund­ing from the Her­itage Lottery Fund, the team has de­vel­oped a web­site http://www.uni­ver­si­tiesat­war.org.uk which fea­tures pro­files of the men in­clud­ing an over­view of their mil­i­tary ser­vice, their bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, what they stud­ied and where they died.

The web­site also in­cludes in­ter­ac­tive maps show­ing a time­line of the fallen and where the men came from – in­clud­ing places as far afield as Canada and Aus­tralia.

Dr Jane Web­ster, se­nior lec­turer in the School of His­tory, Clas­sics and Ar­chae­ol­ogy at New­cas­tle Univer­sity, said: “Most peo­ple don’t look at the plaque when they walk past it in the Arm­strong Build­ing, but the hard work of our stu­dents and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers help us all to re­mem­ber that th­ese were real men, with real

lives. “The war had an im­pact in ev­ery cor­ner of the world, and the re­sponse we’ve had in this project – both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally – shows that there is still huge in­ter­est in telling the per­sonal his­to­ries of those caught up in the war.

“Our vol­un­teers have un­cov­ered some fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries – about the life peo­ple gave up to go to war, and the sac­ri­fice they made. The sto­ries we’ve been able to col­late will help us en­sure that the men, and the his­tory of the area at the time, are not for­got­ten.”

Among the men re­mem­bered is 2nd Lieu­tenant John H. Fegget­ter

Arm­strong Col­lege hos­pi­tal

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