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Help children make memories of WW1

Ayscoughfee gardens, Spalding
Ayscoughfee school pupils studying WW1
Names: Summer Lewis, Vivian Wales, Melissa Wales, Lucia Kato, Molly Taylor, Ellisha Cookson, Henry Turner and James Ledwidge

Ayscoughfee gardens, Spalding Ayscoughfee school pupils studying WW1 Names: Summer Lewis, Vivian Wales, Melissa Wales, Lucia Kato, Molly Taylor, Ellisha Cookson, Henry Turner and James Ledwidge

Children at a Spalding primary school are appealing to descendants of First World War veterans to help them make memories.

Memories and Memorials is a county-wide project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Members of the Ayscoughfee Hall School creative writing club wrote to the Spalding Guardian asking readers for help in locating relatives of anyone who fought in the First World War and is named on the war memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

They hope to interview them to write articles to go on show at Lincoln Cathedral later in the year.

Sally Chester, deputy headteacher, said: “It would be tragic if a generation grew up without understanding what went on during the First World War.

“We want to tell the stories of the names on the memorial so they are not just names in stone anymore.

“We’ve already had the great-great grandchildren of George Davis talking to us about where he served and how he was shot.

“The children’s pens are already steaming, but we’d like to tell as many stories as possible.”

Sarah Grundy, historic environments officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Lincolnshire has a rich military heritage, from medieval battlefields to the iconic RAF bases throughout the county.

“Through this project we are looking forward to finding out much more about this fascinating history – they could be personal stories about their own families, or research on how conflict affected the county’s industry.

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Community Covenant grant programme, through grants of £76,000 and £40,000 respectively.

“We are confident that the project will help local people have a greater understanding of the sacrifices made by so many during periods of conflict.”

As well as researching the names on the memorial, mosaic artist Fiona Gurney is helping another class create poppies and more are being made by the textile group.

The poppies and articles will be taken to Lincoln Cathedral by teachers and children in March for display at a memorial service on June 22.

If you can help the children, call Sally on 01775 724733 or email schester@ahs.me.uk

 

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