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First World War Centenary 2014 — 2018

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The Auckland University College Roll of Honour is not a list of the war dead carefully carved in stone. Rather, it is an archival document created during the First World War to record the details of 720 Collegians who enlisted.

The Roll of Honour, which lies at the heart of this website, was digitised to honour this generation of students and staff. Over the centenary, we will add more stories about these Collegians and explore aspects of the War, drawing on material from Special Collections and elsewhere.

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Roll of Honour

Find out which Collegians are listed in the Roll of Honour, when they attended Auckland University College, and more.

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In Memoriam

Go to the In Memoriam page to read the names of Collegians who fell during the War.

The College in 1917

From: College life

In a year of change, the College appointed a new registrar, began architecture lectures and said farewell to its first buildings.

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History of the Roll

From: Roll of Honour

The Roll began in 1914 when some students sat in the Common Room and wrote a list of everyone they knew from the College who had volunteered.

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Their Stories

From: Collegians at War

These stories offer a glimpse into the lives of some of the Collegians who served. Most were fortunate enough to return but at least 137 men did not.

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Latest Collegian biographies

William Gray

From: Collegians at War

A night patrol near Messines, Belgium ended with William Gray spending 14 months as a POW in Germany.

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Howard Ellis

From: Collegians at War

Pilot Howard Ellis spent 17 months in German prison camps and hospitals after his plane was shot down.

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Horace Hunt

From: Collegians at War

Musician Horace Hunt put his skills to good use during his detention in a German civilian internment camp.

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Recommended resources

Find out which resources to use when trying to trace the university careers of Collegians listed in the Roll of Honour.

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Prisoners of war

From: Collegians at War

Seven Collegians are known to have been detained as POWs in Germany, six military and one civilian.

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Albert Jones

From: Collegians at War

The papers of Albert Jones, a civilian internee in Germany, offer a fascinating insight into his POW years.

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