“This university was raised by the people of Newfoundland as a Memorial to the fallen in the Great Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, that in freedom of learning their cause and sacrifice might not be forgotten.”
This is the inscription on a plaque erected by the Newfoundland Command of the Royal Canadian Legion in the Arts and Administration Building at Memorial's St. John's campus and unveiled by HRH the Princess Royal on September 21, 1964.
Memorial University College was established in 1925 as a living memorial to those who had lost their lives on active service during the First World War. It was later rededicated to also encompass the province's war dead of the Second World War.
In all, 310 former students of the Memorial University College offered themselves for active service in the Second World War, 1939-1945. Thirty of these students lost their lives. Their names are recorded in the front of the Memorial University Calendar each year.
This site is a comprehensive source for information regarding First World War commemorations at Memorial University. It is designed to provide the user with access to many resources, as well as assist with proposals to the Living Memorial Commemoration Fund. This page features an events list, which includes upcoming events and significant First World War anniversaries. The anniversary calender also allows users to look ahead to see if a particular date has special significance.
A recent daylong event explored a more holistic, cross-disciplinary response when supporting military families.
Most of the approximately 6,000 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who took part in the First World War were, as would be expected, born in communities around the island of Newfoundland or along the coast of Labrador. However, there were a significant number, somewhere between two and five per cent, who were foreign-born. ‘Fighting […]
For many, this province’s narrative of the First World War begins with the Blue Puttees and ends on July 1, 1916, at Beaumont-Hamel. But the story of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment does not end there. The Battle of the Somme continued as a prolonged, grim struggle until the third week of November. The Regiment would […]