Argyll and Bute schools set to uncover war heroes’ stories

Schools in Argyll and Bute are being encouraged to find out some of the stories behind the names on the area's war memorials, such as the Cenotaph in Rothesay.
Schools in Argyll and Bute are being encouraged to find out some of the stories behind the names on the area's war memorials, such as the Cenotaph in Rothesay.

Scotland’s biggest veterans’ charity has invited schools in Argyll and Bute to enter a national competition to uncover the real life stories of war heroes named on their local memorial.

P6 and P7 pupils will get the chance to talk to living relatives of war heroes, present their findings to veterans from across Scotland, add their research to a national online archive and winners get a tour and overnight stay on board an original Royal Navy War Ship and floating war museum in London.

The Scottish Primary School War Memorial competition, launched on Tuesday by the Royal British Legion Scotland, will see hundreds of schools investigating stories of fallen soldiers and tracing their families in their local area.

Kevin Gray, CEO of the Royal British Legion Scotland said, “The competition is about getting children and young people to engage with their history and learn about their war memorial heritage.

“Through this annual competition we have found young people get a lot out of learning about their war memorial history. And it instils a sense of citizenship.”

Pupils will be able to submit their research to an online archive of war memorials to help the War Memorials Trust find out about the condition of memorials and help preserve and protect them. Each entry will also help the Imperial War Museum to catalogue war memorials across Scotland.

To enter pupils need to research a local war memorial within the school’s area and find out as much information as they can about the servicemen and women, the battles they were in and the stories of their service. Their findings can be presented in any multi-media format and could include images, artwork, poems, songs – the sky’s the limit. Winning entries will be promoted on the Royal British Legion Scotland’s website.

Full details of the competition, a teachers’ pack and the terms and conditions can be found on the Royal British Legion Scotland’s new website.