On 11 November, there will be a short Act of Remembrance in New College, starting at 10.50am and gathering at the war memorial in the Assembly Hall. Come into New College Library this week, and you can see the voices of New College staff, students and alumni remembered in a display from the New College Archives.
This is an official record of the New College students who fought in the First World War, including those who lost their lives.
New College Senate Minute Book, 1914-34 New College Library AA.1.1.4
This entry for 1914 records that, following appeals for chaplains to enter the Scottish Command, ten New College students have volunteered their service.
Oldham, J.H. Letter to John R Mott, 4 Dec 1914. Oldham Papers. New College Library MSS Old 1/9
Joseph H. Oldham (1874-1969) was a missionary and pioneer of ecumenism. A theology student at New College, Edinburgh, he went on to become the organising secretary for the 1910 World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh, regarded by many as the starting point of the modern ecumenical movement. During the Second World War the meetings of his ‘Moot’ group initiated new thinking about Christian responsibility in modern society. This letter written in 1914 shows the tensions that the outbreak of war had created in the Church, both at home and overseas.
Christine Love-Rodgers, Academic Support Librarian – Divinity