Pupils urged to investigate wartime communities to form historical record

Children are being encouraged to discover war stories in their areas.

Children are being encouraged to discover war stories in their areas.

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Primary schools in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are being urged to investigate their communities involvement in the First World War.

Veterans’ charity Legion Scotland recently launched its competition for schools, ‘The Stories of WWI’s Families’, which will involve hundreds of pupils investigating local stories from the First World War.

Children will look at what war meant to the families and children of the war and use photography to capture the stories gathered, as well as investigate the life of a particular person or family from that time and interview local people to source stories, either personal or handed down. Photographic entries will be complemented by reports of 500 words

The competition is part of Legion Scotland’s ‘Voices of Veterans’ campaign to commemorate the outbreak of the war and pay tribute to all ex-servicemen and women regardless of when they served.

Pupils will be encouraged to make contact with their local Legion Scotland branch, so that they can draw on the experience and knowledge of local veterans in helping their research.

Kevin Gray, Legion Scotland CEO, said: “It’s an amazing opportunity for children to use their powers of research and imagination to find out what it was like to be a child during the First World War, and to use their photographic and writing skills to present those stories. It’s a great educational experience and will also create a wonderful archive of Scottish stories from World War One and forms an essential part of our mission as guardians of remembrance.”

A shortlist of entries will go forward to an online voting stage with the public choosing the top three. The overall winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and the winning school will receive a unique VIP experience at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August 2015, for up to 10 pupils.

Full details of the competition, a teacher’s pack and the terms and conditions can be found online at www.legionscotland.org.uk/schools