In remembrance

In remembrance

November 11, 2016


The Queen’s community gathered to mark Remembrance Day on Friday at Grant Hall.

Led by Chaplain Kate Johnson, hundreds of staff, faculty, students and community members filled the hall to listen to reflections from Rector Cam Yung, Rev. Ruth Wood, and Capt. Ryan Carter, Chaplain at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Numerous members of the Queen’s community – faculty, students and alumni – served, fought and died in both world wars. As Queen’s marks its 175th anniversary, their bravery, sacrifice and loss is remembered.

During the First World War more than 1,500 Queen’s men and women served in the military. A number of units also had direct links to the university, including:  Fifth Field Engineers; 6th Field Company Engineers; 46th (Queen's) Battery; 50th (Queen's) Battery; 72nd (Queen’s) Battery; 253rd Battalion (Queen's University Highlanders), while others joined the Canadian Universities' Unit.

The Queen’s School of Medicine also played a key role in providing doctors and nurses through the No. 5 Stationary Hospital/No. 7 (Queen's) Canadian General Hospital.

By the end of the war 189 had lost their lives in service.

Another 177 died in the Second World War.

The role and history of Queen’s in the world wars is on permanent exhibit online at the Queen’s University Archives website. A permanent exhibit of remembrance is also on display in the Memorial Room of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).

The Archives site maintains lists of Queen’s community members who died in the First World War and the Second World War.