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Leeds Met University remembrance honours WWI hospital

Soldiers at an WWI hospital in Leeds
Image caption Ian Crossland wants to recreate this photograph, which was taken before an afternoon parade in 1917

Leeds Metropolitan University has created a field of remembrance to honour its role as a World War I military hospital.

A service was held next to the university's James Graham Building in Headingley at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Wreaths were laid and crosses placed on the university's Acre to remember casualties of all conflicts.

Ian Crossland, a university technician, said thousands of wounded soldiers had passed through the military hospital.

Mr Crossland has researched the history of the hospital in World War I.

He said: "It's like a root system, every time I uncover something another bit goes off in a different direction."

Photographic reconstruction

University staff and members of the public took part in a reconstruction of a photograph taken at the site in 1917.

More than 200 soldiers died at the hospital between 1914 and 1918.

King George V and Queen Mary visited troops at the site in 1918 to present them with medals.

During World War II the campus was used as a military medical training facility.

Members of the public attended the service to place a British Legion cross with the name of a friend or family member lost during any conflict inscribed upon it.

There will be a further service at 11:00 GMT on 11 November at the entrance to the James Graham Building.

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