202 student cards have been located in the archives from the estimated 317 students who served in the war. Those who died were commemorated in a war memorial unveiled in the Library (Octagon) in 1923.
In addition many staff also served in the forces or undertook war work. One notable example is of Albert Thurston (1881-1964), who was in charge of the safety of design of British Military Aircraft. A former student of East London College, Thurston had established the first university aeronautical laboratory in 1909.
Gallery: Remembering the First World War: Front Line