What is Beyond 1914?

Beyond 1914 — The University of Sydney and the Great War is an extensive, searchable database of biographies and archival information about members of the University community involved in the First World War.

Built on the legacy of information provided to the University between 1915 and 1938 by more than 2000 former staff, students, graduates and their families (later published in the University’s Book of Remembrance), Beyond 1914 features insights into the lives of these men and women before, during and after the war.

This short film takes you behind-the-scenes at the University Archives. It explains how the Book of Remembrance was created back in 1939 and reveals just a handful of the thousands of stories that can now be found on Beyond 1914.

Mapping lives

During the war, as well as before its outbreak and after Armistice was declared, much of the University community travelled, worked and lived abroad.

You can trace these movements on the Beyond 1914 map. Discover individual journeys or explore the many connections to important locations, such as London, Gallipoli or Cairo.

Start exploring the map

We Shall Remember Them....

This year we mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War (1914–18). On Remembrance Day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. 1917 was the worst year for Australian causalities with over 76000 Australians killed, wounded or missing on the Western Front. This was almost twice the number of casualties in France during 1916 and close to 3 times that of the Gallipoli campaign. One of the many university men killed in 1917 was Captain William John Ridley (BVSc.). He enlisted in the Australian Army Veterinary Corps in 1914 on completion of his degree. He served in France from 1916 until his death at Messines Ridge in June 1917. The Veterinary Association of NSW raised funds by contribution for a Memorial Prize in his honour and that of colleague Horace Morgan Baker BVSc 1912 also killed in action. Lest We Forget

Profile page of William John RIDLEY

Profile page of Horace Morgan BAKER

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