Pupils research Great War for centenary project

Pupils show some of the maps and details for their project
Pupils show some of the maps and details for their project

The anniversary this year of the outbreak of the First World War has inspired a local school to make the conflict a special project.

Head of history at St Cecilia’s RC High School Andy Gregson says that lives of Longridge soldiers, materials from the Fulwood Barracks museum and stories from local residents will all be included in the project.

He said: “Our Year Nine pupils are going to research the lives of soldiers from Longridge who died in the war.

“To do this, they are going to use materials from the museum at Fulwood Barracks.

“They are also going to design posters, which will be placed around Longridge, asking if any residents have any information or memorabilia that they would like to share.

“Also, they want to find out if any residents know of a relative who died in the war and would like our pupils to investigate for them.

“The research will be undertaken towards the end of March or early April, and we will then have an afternoon in school with the local residents so pupils can explain what they have discovered.”

A presentation will be organised at that time and will include an old map of Longridge showing where the men lived before they went off to war and a map detailing where they lost their lives.

Also in the plans is a commemoration mass for the ‘Longridge Pals’ who died, perhaps to be held on July 1, which is the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Somme.

“This could involve both pupils and local residents,” said Mr Gregson, “and could include a short precis for each soldier, laying a poppy for each one with the Last Post, and perhaps the school choir taking part.”