October 17, 2018, by Liz Cass

Memorial event at University Park

Close up of red poppies on a war memorial.

A minute’s silence was held across University Park at 11am on Friday November 9 in memory of those who have died in war.  East Midlands Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) led the Act of Remembrance from about 10.45am with a wreath laying in the Trent Building at University Park.  This year was particularly significant as it marks 100 years since the Armistice of World War I.   

Even those who cannot attend were invited to join in two minutes’ silence upon the sound of the Trent Building clock chiming at 11am.

 Although the war broke out in the middle of the then University College’s summer break, within a few days it was announced that it would provide facilities for the training of a limited number of young men in the theoretical and practical subjects required by the syllabus of the OTC examination. All male students were eligible to volunteer. They enrolled in the OTC. as cadets and undertook theoretical and practical military training alongside their college studies.  The names of those students and staff members who lost their lives during the War are listed on the memorial plaque in the Trent Foyer.

Return to the University’s Commemoration page.

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