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.

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Norman James Nangle MC BE

Nangle enlisted in the AIF whilst a third year Civil Engineering student. He returned from the war to complete his studies and graduate with a BE in 1920. He is seen here wearing the 'PH helmin 1915 et' gas mask, which was used throughout 1916 on the Somme. The Australian War Memorial states,"the name derived from phenate-hexamine, the chemical with which the fabric mask was impregnated. This model was a response to the Germans' development of increasingly virulent gases such as phosgene and improved on the original issue by replacing a viewing window with two glass eye pieces, and adding a tube for breathing out. Soldiers liked the fact that the mask kept their ears warm, but disliked the smell; in addition, the goggles tended to fog up. The mask was carried in a canvas bag with a shoulder strap." A photo of Nangle in the earlier model gas mark can be found on Beyond 1914

Click through to see more photos and read his letters

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