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New QMUL war memorial to be unveiled on Remembrance Day

Wednesday 29 October 2014

QMUL War Memorial

A short act of remembrance will take place in the Octagon at the Mile End campus on Tuesday 11 November, with a two-minute silence at 11am. QMUL’s new war memorial will be installed in time for the ceremony – you can read more about the memorial project below.

All students and staff are welcome to gather in the Octagon at 10.50am for the act of remembrance, which should be finished by 11.05am.

The new QMUL war memorial

In January 2014, with the 100th anniversary of the First World War fast approaching, a committee was formed to organise the installation of a new war memorial.

QMUL’s original plaque of remembrance was installed in the Octagon building in 1923, and displayed the names of 71 members of the university who gave their lives during the First World War.

Unfortunately, over time, and following numerous refurbishments of the building, the original memorial was lost. QMUL still held a book of remembrance listing the fallen from WWI, and another containing the names of QMUL members who fell during the Second World War.  

The assembled committee had to make a decision on the wording of the new memorial. It was agreed that rather than focus on the fallen of the two world wars, the new memorial should acknowledge the supreme sacrifice made by men and women associated with QMUL as a result of conflict, regardless of when or where these conflicts occurred. The wording does not differentiate between race, gender, or status.

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