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My new website "Inst in the Great War"


AlanCurragh
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Please forgive a little self promotion but I'd like to tell the forum about my new website www.instgreatwar.com, which is a memorial to the 133 old boys of my old school, the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (also commonly known as RBAI, or "Inst"), who died in the Great War.

I remember seeing the memorial plaque every school day for 7 years, but never stopping to read the names. Now I've started to find out their stories and can only pay tribute to their bravery and sacrifice. I'm hopeful I can add a lot more in time - especially once I've had a chance to root around in the archives in Belfast.

Many of you have helped with putting this together - sincere thanks to all. I've tried to remember all my sources of assistance for the acknowledgement page - if I've forgotten anyone please let me know.

Kind Regards

Alan

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Hello Alan, just paid a visit to your site.

Well done, a great site with a nice and easy to use layout.

Nice level of detail on most chaps and I hope you can soon fill in the unknown details for the remainder.

I noticed most of your chaps were Officers (or NCO's). I haven't counted the ratio but that is just the general impression from those I 'visited'.

I presume that would be because of their level of education at that time ?

Either way, a grand piece of work which I must applaud. This site can only grow.

Regards,

Jarvis.

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A very neat and well laid out site. Well done.

Bernard

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Hello Alan,

Just to say Well Done on an excellent website. It is always nice to know more about the story behind the names.

Best Wishes

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Really nicely done. A real tribute as well as a good research aid.

Thank you for all your hard work

Fred

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Cracking site Alan.

Very well done. A lot of hard work has gone in to this.

Just make sure that you back up all your pages, in case things go pear-shaped, and that you include good meta tags in your code .

Regards

Martin

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Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Hopefully I can grow the site with time - especially with getting pictures of the men. This has been done so far without any research in Belfast itself, and also without seeing what records the school still holds. Will hopefully be able to address that in the New Year.

Jarvis - you're right, about 80-90% of the boys are officers - I believe in the early days of the century it was considered 1st or 2nd amongst Belfast schools. It certainly makes research a lot easier!

Alan

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Please forgive a little self promotion Kind Regards

Alan

Alan go and stand on the goliath at H&W and shout to the world what you have done. All that effort deserves huge amounts of self promotion. Spread the word and be proud of what you have achieved there mate. Well done, its looking great, I wish you well in your quest for photos of the soldiers.

Huge pat on the back to you sir,

Kevin

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Alan,

Nice site well done, well laid out and easy to navigate.

Andy

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  • 7 months later...

Hello all - at the risk of a little more shameless self-promotion, the website has come on quite a bit since the launch last year. I've now positively identified all the men, mainly from having access to the school archives, and especially old copies of the "School News" magazine from the war years. One of them, LCpl Paul Pollock of the Royal Irish Rifles who died on 1st July 1916, is not commemorated on CWGC but hopefully that will be resolved soon.

From the magazines, and other sources, I've now got photographs of about 100 of the 135 men, in some cases multiple pictures. I've also now visited the graves of many of the men buried/commemorated on the Western Front, and many Forum Pals have kindly taken pictures of graves for me, although not all these are uploaded to the site yet.

For one of the men, 2nd Lt Gordon Dill Long Smyth, I have a load of memorial (letters and postcards) supplied by Pat Geary, and am still trying to work out how to add it to the site.

I've definitely been bitten by the memorial-research bug and am thinking about a few ideas for another project. Possibly my old college, Peterhouse.

Regards

Alan

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Alan

I must have missed the initial batch of postings re your site as I have just seen it for the first time. Apologies for that.

Very well done, it's a really nice and simple to use site but the depth of research is apparent.

Take 2 house points

Stephen Nulty

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  • 2 years later...

This website was added to the CEF Study Group List of Recommended Great War Websites in November 2008. Borden Battery

INST in the Great War - Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Over 700 old boys of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, commonly known as Inst, served in the First World War, and over 130 of them died. This site attempts to tell the story of those who did not return. The links on the left will take you to the names of the men who died. You will find biographical details, photographs of both the men and their graves, and the information I have found out about their lives, wartime service and death. In addition, there is a page giving details of three old Instonians, not recorded on the plaque, but whose stories are worth remembering. These include Inst's only Victoria Cross recipient. [CEF Study Group - Nov 2008]

http://www.instgreatwar.com/page34.htm

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  • 11 years later...

Hello Great War Forum & Alan Curragh, I was checking in on Inst in the Great War  at http://www.instgreatwar.com/ and regret I get a dodgy gambling site!

Has the website moved?

Best wishes,

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Just sent a PM, Footsore Privater - what happened was that a couple of years ago, the company hosting the site told me that unless I paid a fortune, they were dropping the site. I hadn't really updated it for several years so I took the decision to let it go - obviously a casino company has now picked up the URL. Very annoying, I know.

I still have backups of all the pages - so if you or anyone else wants any information, please let me know

Alan

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19 hours ago, Footsore Private said:

Hello Great War Forum & Alan Curragh, I was checking in on Inst in the Great War  at http://www.instgreatwar.com/ and regret I get a dodgy gambling site!

At least some of the pages, perhaps all,   are archived at the Internet Archive, archive.org

https://web.archive.org/web/20190329180858/http://www.instgreatwar.com/page34.htm 

https://web.archive.org/web/20190112084517/http://www.instgreatwar.com/

Maureen

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