The week 39 from UofG died

Remembering the Battle of Loos: 1915-2015

On Friday, 25 September the University of Glasgow is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War Battle of Loos. Thirty-nine members of the University community died during the battle. Why not come along and remember them?

Commemorative activities will commence at 8.45 at morning prayer service in the chapel, where short biographies of those who died at Loos will be read out after which we will plant poppy crosses in the First World War memorial garden (by the memorial gates at University Avenue). We have twenty-two individuals to remember and crosses to plant, followed by a further fifteen on Monday, 28 September, as well as several more over the course of that week. 

There will also be a one-hour lunchtime lecture at 13.00 on the Battle of Loos by Dr Tony Pollard, Senior Lecturer in History and Battlefield Archaeology in Sir Charles Wilson Building (room 101A).

In the evening, at 19.00 in the University’s Memorial Chapel, there will be readings from First World War letters and diaries, culminating in the premiere of a specially commissioned piece of music, "From the Fallow Fields", by composer Drew Mulholland, who is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and an Honorary Research Associate in Physics and Astronomy. 

For more information and to reserve a (free) ticket, please visit Eventbrite.

First World War commemoration at the University of Glasgow

The Loos commemoration is part of the University’s ongoing First World War Centenary programme of events. To keep up to date on centenary events and for WWI study resources, see:, follow @GlasgowUniWW1 on Twitter, and read Glasgow University’s Great War project blog. Find out more about the members of the University of Glasgow community who fought in the First World War by exploring the online Roll of Honour.

Image of First World War soldiers

First published: 22 September 2015