Our stories of the First World War

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is a poignant and emotional time for us all. Here at the University of South Wales, it’s also a reminder of the history of part of our University. The South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines opened in Treforest in 1913 with 29 full-time and 110 part-time students and lost many of its initial intake in the war. The First World War has also been referred to as 'The Engineers’ War’ and our engineering students were much in demand in all theatres of war. The University has war memorials at the Treforest and Caerleon campuses commemorating these students.

Some of our academics and students have written about aspects of the First World War that have inspired them.


Miner WarThe University and the First World War

The University has a special reason to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It lost 24 students and here we commemorate their lives.





Siegfried SassoonsmProfessor Diana Wallace, Professor of English Literature

Professor of English Literature, Diana Wallace, looks at Pat Barker’s prize-winning Regeneration triology, a sophisticated exploration of the war and what it means to later generations.





Chris Nurse in studioChris Nurse, Senior Lecturer in Arts and Media

The painter and print-maker Chris Nurse started making work referencing WW1 in 2012 when he found a book in a second hand book shop called Celebrities of the Army 1900.




Dr Kara TennantDr Kara Tennant, Lecturer in Fashion Theory

It is rare to find a book that convincingly conveys the poignancy of both childhood and adult experience, writes Dr Kara Tennant, Lecturer in Fashion Theory.




Jayne BowdenJayne Bowden, PhD student

PhD student Jayne Bowden explores the effects of war on the life and work of Welsh writer Hilda Vaughan. Vaughan’s book 'The Soldier and the Gentlewoman’ is being reprinted by Honno this year.