Falkirk In the First World War

Posted on April 1, 2014
2nd Lieutenant John R. Wardrope

2nd Lieutenant John R. Wardrope

It has been a pleasure working with 31 primary school students in response to a photo album in the archive at Callendar House. The photographs of former pupils were collected by Mr Mather, the former headmaster of their school, Laurieston Primary, from 1914 -1918.  The students used 6 photographs of 9 heroes to explore the local archives finding out about their journey to the front and their exploits during the war. Following story telling sessions with Allison Galbraith I worked with the learning team from Falkirk Community Trust to create 6 memory boxeswith the P6 class. I am so proud of the results, their attention to detail and understanding of the stories are a credit to their teacher.

One lassie had hidden a tiny wee poppy at the feet of her fallen hero. It made me cry.

The boxes will be used as a learning resource in local schools and libraries.

Back stage - a hidden poppy to say goodbye

Back stage – a hidden poppy to say goodbye