REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED T by Aloma Jardine he world was a different place in 1914. When Great Britain declared war, there was no debate in Canada about whether to join them. If Britain was at war, so was Canada. Young men signed up by the thousands. The student population at Mount Allison just before the war was around 155 students. During the war years enrolment dropped by a third. All together at least 600 students served. “The Ladies College was the reason Mount Allison kept going,” says Elizabeth Millar, associate librarian at the Ralph Pickard Bell Library. Millar is working with university archivist David Mawhinney on a sweeping project that will make items from the University’s vast collection of First World War archival material accessible online. death. Bigelow also kept copies of letters he received from families he wrote to requesting information about students who were killed in the war. The new site will be invaluable to students, historians, and genealogists. “I’ve had this in mind for awhile,” Millar says. “I knew we had a treasure trove of material to showcase.” The researchers owe a debt of gratitude to Mount Allison professor Harold Bigelow (1903, LLD ’46) who, after the war, meticulously created an index card for most Allisonians who served, including information like their class year and what they studied, hometown, the unit they enlisted with, date of birth, and sometimes, date of In addition to creating individual pages for each student who served, Millar and Mawhinney are planning to share information from the Mount Allison archives on prisoners of war, the role of women in the war effort, and other stories. The archival sub-committee of the alumni board has been deeply supportive of this project and looks forward to work- 10 / Fall 2014 / RECORD