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Reading University commemorates World War One

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Image caption Royal Flying Corp planes were kept on the university playing fields opposite Elmhurst Road

Students and staff at Reading University who died fighting in World War One are being commemorated during a day of special events.

They include the unveiling of a plaque to war poet Wilfred Owen who studied at the university.

A remembrance service will also take place with a memorial bell tolling 144 times, once for each student or member of staff killed.

University and Royal British Legion representatives will lay wreathes.

The events mark the culmination of work by volunteers and academics who have researched the service history and personal details of solders with a connection to the university, then known as Reading University College, as part of its Reading Connections project.

During World War One, members of the Royal Flying Corps were billeted at Wantage Hall and the university's physics building was used to train munitions workers and make weapons.

Andrew Palmer, chairman of The Friends of Reading University, said: "We hope visitors will gain a fascinating insight into the way Reading contributed to, and was affected by, this epoch-making conflict that began 100 years ago."

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Image caption One hundred and forty four servicemen connected to the university were killed in World War One

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