THE tragic death of nearly 350 Aberdeen university students and staff in World War 1 will be highlighted in a talk to mark Armistice Day.
The University of Aberdeen’s U Company enlisted more than 2,800 young men to fight in the 4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.
This year is the centenary of the battle that saw 341 soldiers in U Company die in France in February 1915.
Beyond the Grave: Recovering Aberdeen’s Lost Narratives of World War 1 will see PhD researcher David Rennie uncover the university’s links with the Great War.
David said: “I’m excited to be delivering this lecture to an audience at the Sir Duncan Rice Library and to tell them about what I have managed to find out about students and lecturers from the University of Aberdeen who fought in WW1.”
David, whose research area is American WW1 prose, has been digging through the special collections of the university library. Alongside those who fought, David uncovered documents from students protesting against war, who formed the Aberdeen University Peace Society.
The society’s founder and secretary, William Henry Sutherland, was awarded the military cross before he died in battle.
But before Mr Sutherland went to war, he was an activist attempting to persuade others that disputes could be settled through other methods without going to war.
David also investigated Alexander Ogston, Regius Professor at the university, who served as a surgeon with the 1st British Ambulance Unit in north-east Italy at the Villa Trento hospital at Gorizia just inside the Italian lines.
The talk will take place tomorrow in the Sir Duncan Rice library at 6pm and will last for an hour.