12 – Borough Road College – O.B’s War Hum and Roll of Honour – 4th Edition December 1918

Discovery Trail 12 (Eastern Gateway Building Display Cabinets, University Archives)

Nearly 800 Borough Road College former students and staff served in the First World War.

During the war, their welfare and whereabouts were carefully and anxiously followed by those left behind.

The B’s Hum (Borough Road College student magazine) started to contain news of those serving, but as the amount of information increased, separate volumes, the Roll of Service and Old B’s War Hum, were produced. These volumes were collated and edited by Charles Venning, a member of staff at Borough Road College, whereas the printing and envelope stuffing was done by the students.

One hundred and fifteen students and alumni, and five members of staff perished during the war. 47 individuals were awarded military honours including five Distinguished Service Order (DSO) medals, 18 Military Cross (MC) medals and 12 Military Medals (MM) medals. Other medals include a Meritorious Service Medal, mention in dispatches, mention in corps orders, two 1914 Star medal, a Croix de Guerre and a Chevalier de la Couronne.

The edition displayed in the trail is from December 1918, when the College is still waiting for the last men to return from the war.

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