Schools urged to take part in WWI competition

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Primary schools in the local area are being urged by veteran’s charity, Legion Scotland, to uncover the stories from their communities involvement in WWI.

The Stories of WWI’s Families, Legion Scotland Primary Schools Competition 2014/15 launched on September 30, and will see hundreds of pupils investigating stories from the First World War in their local communities.

A spokesperson for the competition explained: “Schools will be looking at what war meant to the families and children of WWI and using photography to capture the stories gathered as part of the project.

“Pupils from P5, P6 and P7 will investigate the life of one person or family who lived during WWI and interview local people to source stories, either personal or handed down.

“They will also get a chance to look at artefacts that might be hidden away in attics or left on mantlepieces and write 500 words to complement their photography entries.”

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

To enter, pupils will have to find people in their local community who have memories, either personal or passed down, of life during WW1 in their local community. They will interview the people they have found and if they have objects from the period, such as uniform or medals they can also include them in the research. The final entry will be a 500-word submission and three photographs to illustrate the story they have told.

A shortlist of all Scottish entries will go to an online voting stage. The public will get to choose the top three entries, with the winner selected by a panel of judges. Visit www.legionscotland.org.uk/schools for more.