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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Millom war heroes’ stories researched and retold by a new generation

TWO students took a trip back through the ages as they used a school project to research their family trees.

Esme Holliday and Daniel Woods, Year Nine pupils at Millom School, were given the opportunity to research an individual who fought in the trenches during the First World War.

Esme researched her great great uncle, Lance Corporal James Little, while Daniel researched the story of his great grandfather, Walter Woods.

Students at the school, as part of the Key Stage Three curriculum, are given homework challenges involving research, planning, and presentation.

To commemorate the centenary, Year Nine students were given the task of researching a soldier who fought in the First World War.

They were encouraged to research their own family background, or look into one of the names that appears on the Millom School Memorial to past students who lost their lives during the war.

Esme’s grandparents were able to provide her with information about her great great uncle, and provided her with some interesting artefacts, including four postcards from the frontline, one memorial scroll and one telegram.

Esme focused her research on a set of questions, discovering that her uncle died following a raid on a German trench.

The family received news of his death, via a telegram, on Christmas Eve.

Daniel also approached his task by interviewing family members, who told Daniel about Walter, who served as a private. He was in the army for four years between 1914 and 1918, joining up at the war’s very beginning.

Daniel was told Walter joined the army because his rugby team agreed that if they lost the season’s final match they would all join up.

They lost the match and consequently all went to war.

Daniel’s family have the medals that were earned by Walter; the 1914-15 Star, the 1914-18 War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal.

Both Esme and Daniel presented the stories of their relatives to their classmates to complete the project.

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