Explore 58,520 names of individuals who fought in World War 1. Search through records of service from the University of Aberdeen, the University of London, Eton, Oxford, Manchester University, the University of Durham, the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews. If your ancestor attended more than one school or college, you may find multiple entries. Among the thousands listed in the memorial rolls you can find the famous archaeologist and British Army Officer T E Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia.
Each record includes a transcript of information found in the original sources. The details in each transcript can vary depending on the original source. Some sources chose to register more information than others. Each transcript may or may not include:
Name – most of the entries only include first initial
Source – will list the name of the School or University
Roll – title of publication from the source
Narrative – information you can find includes: years of attendance, rank, regiment, parent’s name, birth place, degrees, etc.
The School & University Memorial Rolls is an excellent source for anyone searching for their ancestors during World War 1. The Great War was thought to be the war to end all wars. It was fought on a scale that no one had ever witnessed before and no one was prepared for the high numbers of casualties. After the war communities all over Britain created memorials and monuments to those who lost their lives. Memorial lists were created by schools and universities, but also by sports clubs, factories, businesses and more. They were all created as ways to honour and remember the dead. By finding your ancestor in the Findmypast records you can remember and honour their sacrifice today.
University of Aberdeen - Roll of Service in the Great War 1914-1919
University of Durham: Roll of Service 1914-1919
University of Edinburgh: Record of War Service & Orders, Decorations and Dispatches
List of Etonians who fought in the Great War 1914-1919: Record of Service & Fell in France [and Belgium] 1915
Manchester University: Roll of Service - The Fallen
Oxford University Roll of Service 1914-1916; second edition, revised - Separated into the different colleges
St Andrews: Roll of Service
University of London: Officers Training Corps - Roll of the Fallen: Former Cadets and Separate volumes for the different honours and awards
Lawrence of Arabia Thomas Edward Lawrence After the First World War, Lawrence of Arabia became an international war hero, but during the war he was unknown. In these records we have found four separate entries for T E Lawrence. He can also be found in De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918. He studied history at Jesus College, Oxford. While at university he took three months to travel alone in France and Syria studying the Crusader Castles. The thesis he wrote on the subject earned him a first-class honours in history. Lawrence then continued his postgraduate education at Magdalene College, Oxford. He was awarded a demyship (travelling fellowship) from Magdalene working on the Euphrates from 1911 to 1914. He became a master of Ancient Greek, Arabic and French languages.
When World War 1 began he was commissioned into the British Army in October 1914 as intelligence staff in Cairo. By 1916 he was sent as a liaison to the Great Arab Revolt, led by Prince Feisal. Lawrence joined Arab forces and travelled hundreds of miles to take Aqaba, a strategic port on the Red Sea. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. During his time in service he was wounded, captured and tortured.
After the war he was disappointed that the Arab countries were not given their independence. In protest he refused a knighthood and medals. He was demobilized from Lieutenant Colonel. In 1919 he attended the Paris Peace Conference as Prince Feisal’s translator. The conference was a further disappointment for them both when it was decided that France should take custody of Syria. It was at this time that T E Lawrence’s legend as Lawrence of Arabia was created by the American journalist, Lowell Thomas. Thomas embarked on a lecture tour illustrating Lawrence’s assignments in the Middle East with photographs and films. He became an international celebrity. In 1920 he worked as an advisor in the Colonial Office under Winston Churchill.
Between 1922 and 1935 he continued to serve in the military. In order to avoid the press he used the names John Hume Ross and Thomas Edward Shaw (a nod to his friend George Bernard Shaw). Lawrence served as an airman with the Royal Air Force and then a private in the Royal Tanks Corps. He finally retired in February 1935. In May of the same year T E Lawrence was killed in a motorbike crash. Today his name is still familiar to many. In 1962 his legend was further established in the biopic featuring Peter O’Toole.