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Project Title: Glasgow West War Story

Exhibition: Memories, memorials and the University of Glasgow Chapel

After World War II, the University of Glasgow sought to provide a tribute to the memory of its students, staff and graduates who died in active service. This exhibition explores how the fallen are remembered at the University. It includes an interview with the current Chaplain to the University, Reverend Stuart MacQuarrie, together with accounts and memories of the war written by students at the time.

Assets in this exhibition:

The University of Glasgow Chapel

The University of Glasgow decided to build the Chapel after World War I as a permanent memorial to the staff, students and alumni of the university who served and lost their lives in the war. The names of those who died in World War I are recorded on five tablets on the east wall in the Chapel.

The names of those who died during World War II were added to the University Roll of Honour and appear on six tablets on the walls on either side of the World War I tablets. The tablets were dedicated at a service held in the Bute Hall on the11th April 1948. In 2003, three further tablets were installed after the details of more individuals who lost their lives during World War II have become known.

The chapel is dedicated to the memory of the men and women who served in the war. It is a place of worship, a place where families can remember their ancestors, and a reminder to the university and wider community of the sacrifices of the men and women during the war.


East wall in the University of Glasgow Chapel

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Description

The east wall of the University Chapel, showing the World War I tablets and above the stained glass windows.

Source

Date: 2009
Contributor: Glasgow University Archive Services
Location: University of Glasgow Chapel
Original Source: Glasgow University Archive Services


World War II tablets

Exhibition Image One

Description

Tablets in the University of Glasgow Chapel showing the names of the men and women who lost their lives serving in World War II.

Source

Date: 2009
Contributor: Glasgow University Archive Services
Location: University of Glasgow Chapel
Original Source: Glasgow University Archive Services


Act of Dedication

Exhibition Image One

Description

On the 11th April 1948, a Service was held in the Bute Hall to dedicate the tablets in the Memorial Chapel which recorded the names of the staff, students and graduates of the university who lost their lives during World War II. This the last page of the Order of Service which details the Act of Dedication in the Memorial Chapel.

Source

Date: 1948
Contributor: University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel


The University of Glasgow Chapel

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Description

Stalls in the University Chapel.

Source

Date: 2009
Contributor: Glasgow University Archive Services
Location: University of Glasgow Chapel
Original Source: Glasgow University Archive Services


Extract from a war diary, 3rd September 1939

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Description

Throughout the Second World War many people, both soldiers and civilians, kept diaires to record their feelings and memories of life during the war. This extract from the diary of GM Douglas was written at the outbreak of war on the 3rd September 1939. It shows that people were very aprehensive of the length and scale of the war and how their lives would be affected.

Source

Date: 1939
Contributor: GM Douglas


Extract from a war diary, 12th May 1941

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Description

Throughout the Second World War many people, both soldiers and civilians, kept diaires to record their feelings and memories of life during the war. This extract from the diary of GM Douglas was written on the 12th May 1941 on hearing reports that Rudolf Hess, Deputy Furher, had embarked on a journey to Scotland and had been arrested after bailing out of his aeroplane over Renfrewshire.

Source

Date: 1941
Contributor: GM Douglas