Further Research

If you would like to do further in-depth research into the First World War and Glasgow University men and women who served we would suggest the following sources. The list is not exhaustive. If you would like to come in to do some research at Glasgow University Archive Services, please email or phone the Duty Archivist first to book a place so that we can ensure we can accommodate you.

Glasgow University Archives Services resources

Chapel (GUAS Ref: CH)

Includes printed Roll of Honour, photographs, correspondence and press clippings of University service men and women and their families and orders of service for memorial ceremonies.


Includes correspondence, building specifications and plans for the Memorial Chapel and papers relating to emergency powers and provisions made for running the University during war time.

Court and Senate Minutes (GUAS Refs: C, SEN)

Various references to staff conscription and payments made to men at front, new war-time regulations (including degrees), plans to build the Memorial Chapel and decisions on use of Chapel thereafter.

Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities' Officer Training Corp (GUAS Ref: DC 99)

Includes minute books, dinner menus, cartoons, photographs (including camps) and a memorial magazine.

Bowman, Archibald Allan, Professor of Moral Philosophy, 1927-36 (GUAS Ref: DC 77)

Includes manuals, correspondence and notes from his army service 1915-19, including period as a prisoner of war and subsequent repatriation.

Corbett, Archibald Cameron, 1st Baron Rowallan (GUAS Ref: DC 26)

Includes journals, photographs and family letters sent home from the front during the First World War and the Second World War.

Kerr, Sir John Graham, Professor of Natural History 1903-1935 (GUAS Ref: DC 6)

Includes correspondence and photos relating to dazzle camouflage for ships, 1914-1945

Lithgow, Sir James, Shipbuilder and Controller of shipping in the Second World War (GUAS Ref: DC 35)

Includes correspondence and reports on ship building, repair and maritime transport policy in both World Wars.

Mackie, John Duncan, Professor of Scottish History and Literature, 1930-1937, Dean of Faculties 1940-1945 (GUAS Ref: DC 32)

Includes photographs of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and articles written on his experiences during the First World War.

Scottish Temperance Alliance (GUAS Ref: DC 19)

Minutes of committees and associated bodies including discussion of wartime restriction on the licenced trade.

Anchor Line, Shipping Line (GUAS Ref: UGD 255)

Includes material on losses of Moor Line vessels by war and marine risks, war memorial unveiling and war service records.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives records

The archives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives are also managed from Glasgow University Archive Services and contain many records of the effects of war on the health service in the Glasgow area; ranging from lists of military casualties treated at local hospitals to the shortage of males forcing the Western Infirmary to employ women doctors for the first time during the First World War. Some hospitals, for example Stobhill and Mearnskirk, were wholly or partly taken over by the military. Others conducted pioneering work in neurology and plastic surgery under the stimulus of war.

Published works

Tracing your Scottish Ancestors, 5th Edition, Birlinn, Edinburgh 2009, (ISBN 978 1 84158 743 1)

The University of Glasgow: 1451-1996, A.L. Brown and Michael Moss, Edinburgh 1996, (ISBN 0 7486 0871 0)

University, City and State: The University of Glasgow since 1870, Michael Moss, J. Forbes Munro and Richard H. Trainor, Edinburgh 2000, (ISBN 0 7486 1323 4)

The Glasgow University Magazine between wars, Glasgow 1940, (GU ref: BRL 998/065)