The First World War had a profound impact on The University of Manchester and through its students, staff and research the University made contributions to the war effort.
One hundred years on, The University of Manchester remembers and commemorates the events of 1914-1918.
“They did not even have a filing cabinet,” said Prof. Harold Hankins, CBE, FEng when he began researching the history
Walton Newbold (1888-1943) is one of the few University students known to have been active opponents of the War. Unlike
Ellen Wilkinson (1891-1947) is perhaps the most famous politician to have studied at our University. Her name is now indelibly
In the aftermath of the Great War memorials to those who died were erected in almost every town and village
Standing in a corner of Whitworth Park, adjacent to the newly-refurbished Whitworth Art Gallery, lies a seldom visited World War
Gerald was born on 4th December 1877 at Bradford to William Martin Hertz, a Woolen Merchant of German Jewish descent.
By late 1914 it was already apparent that a decisive victory on the Western Front was very unlikely. The Gallipoli
Thomas Eric Peet was born in 1882 in Liverpool to middle class parents, Thomas and Salome Peet. He was educated
Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was a student at the University of Manchester before the outbreak of World War One. Already
James Chadwick was a student at the University of Manchester before World War One and became a member of staff
After my father left Manchester Grammar School in 1911, he was articled to an insurance company to be trained in
Dr Arthur Randall Jackson is sometimes known as the “father of British arachnology”. Born in Southport in 1877, he studied
The will of Miss Olive B. Schill of Prestbury, Cheshire, contained a bequest left to The University of Manchester in
The destruction of the Leuven library was an early tragedy of the war. During the first few days of hostilities,
One of the most important changes arising from the 1914-18 war was that its pressure forced the foundation of ‘government
The Manchester Museum became involved in the First World War through its staff and its activities. As far as possible,
On Monday April 23rd, he led his men “over the top”. Ten minutes later at 10pm, he fell with a
The death of Henry Moseley in August 1915 was lamented by the world’s scientific community. Isaac Asimov commented that Moseley’s death “might
Gertrude Powicke grew up in a very religious and scholarly family from Stockport; as the daughter of a Congregational minister
Trained in Oxford, Tout was Professor of History in Manchester from 1890 to 1925. Unlike his predecessor, Ward, Tout followed
Arthur Schuster had been a professor at the Victoria University of Manchester from 1881 to 1907 and designed the physics
Studied at VUM and returned to Technical School to complete a BScTech and MScTech with Professor Miles Walter who then
As you will perhaps recall I joined the forces at once in August 1914, was seriously wounded in September 1915,
I am sending this by a chum who is coming home on leave so that it will not be censored…My
The air is thick with rumours, most of them very exhilarating, but the Boche is still carrying on as doggedly
"We are reassembling under very exceptional and totally unexpected circumstances. Like a dark cloud, the consciousness of the great war in which we are engaged, hangs over us, and we shall sorely miss the companionship of many students and some members of the staff who are serving their country at the front"
F.E. Weiss (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester) 21 October 1914