Brandon University marks Armistice Day centennial with display of historic Honor Roll

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The original Brandon College Honor Roll is on display in the Brandon College Alcove to mark the centennial of Armistice Day.

Brandon University is encouraging reflection and remembrance as the world marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Because Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday this year, the university will remain closed on Monday, Nov. 12 to honour the day. As well, a special display will recognize and honor those from Brandon College who left to fight in the First World War.

The display includes historic versions of the Brandon College Honor Roll, which are available for viewing in the Brandon College Alcove, located on the second floor of the John E. Robbins Library.

The original Brandon College Honor Roll was unveiled in the College Chapel on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 26, 1915. A smaller Honor Roll, displayed alongside, is a continuation of the original. Both documents contain lists of the Brandon College students who served and/or were killed, wounded, gassed or imprisoned during the First World War. These original Brandon College Honor Rolls are permanently housed in the SJ McKee Archives at BU and are rarely displayed.

The Brandon College Honor Rolls remained incomplete for almost 100 years, because as HL MacNeill reported in The Western Baptist in 1919, the College did not anticipate so many of its students and alumni would head overseas. A new nominal roll was created by Suyoko Tsukamoto as part of her Brandon College & the Great War exhibit, displayed at BU in 2014.

This updated roll contains the names of 508 students, staff and alumni who have been identified in attestation papers, Brandon College COTC papers or Brandon College Calendars as participants in the First World War. To date, 57 students and alumni have been identified as having died while in service.

This updated Brandon College Nominal Roll is on permanent display in the Brandon College Portrait Gallery, which is located near the Brandon College Alcove in the North Stacks of the John E. Robbins Library.

The library has also put on display a portion of its collection of books related to the First World War. This display is on the main floor, near the circulation desk.

As Brandon University marks the centennial of the end of the First World War, all are encouraged to pause at these displays, especially the Honor Roll, and to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who serve their country in the armed forces, whether a century ago or continuing today.


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