Rothesay pupils hear about life of WW1 hero

Stephen Grant tells pupils from Rothesay Primary School about the life and war service of William Coltman.
Stephen Grant tells pupils from Rothesay Primary School about the life and war service of William Coltman.

Pupils from Rothesay Primary enjoyed a fascinating interactive talk about one of the heroes of the First World War this week.

Stephen Grant, a children’s worker from Hope Hall Church in Bridge of Weir, based his talk on the life of stretcher bearer William Coltman, Britain’s most decorated soldier in the Great War.

Stephen, a friend of Mr Coltman’s grandson, talked to the children about William’s upbringing and how his strong Christian beliefs and faith helped him choose to join in with the war effort in 1914 as a medic to help his fellow man.

The pupils from P5-7 were shown video footage about life in the trenches and no-man’s land, smelt samples of what trench foot and mustard gas may have smelt like and looked at other artefacts based on life during the war, as well as hearing about Mr Coltman’s awards and his many acts of bravery.

They found hearing about a ‘real’ person helped them understand more about the war and how many lives were affected, and will now go on to do their own research on how the war affected Bute.