Projects

WW1

"The war to end all wars"

Project

In the 1970’s an Essex doctor took it upon himself to record on tape interviews with three surviving First World War veterans that were living near his surgery.  In 2014 this recording was donated to Legasee by the grand-children of one of the featured veterans. We know the names of the veterans, we know their regiments, and from the recording, we can also learn a bit about where they fought. But that’s all we know.

‘Who Do You Think They Were’ challenges young people to find out who these men really were.  Developing investigative skills in genealogy and journalism and utilising the incredible resources of the National Archives, ancestry.com, and the War Records Office, students will learn real research skills as we build a picture of the men in the recordings. Armed with these new skills what can they find out about their own family's history?

Is there a hero in your family?  Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund our website will enable anyone to upload stories, photos and documents detailing what their own families were doing between 1914 and 1918.

Can you help?

Do you know someone with the surname Corrigan? You might be able to help us track down one of the men featured in the recording. We know where he's from, who he fought with and a few other details besides, but we can't pin him down. If you are a budding investigative historian and can spare some time to help us track down this man then we’d really like to hear from you. It’s a mystery that Legasee would love to solve – can you find the missing parts of the puzzle?

Publicity

The Romford Recorder tried to help us find out more about one of the three veterans in the oral history recording.

We had a few enquiries but no firm leads. Do you know someone with the surname Corrigan?  He features in our Oral History recording and we know where he's from, who he fought with and a few other details besides, but we can't pin him down.

Do you like geneology? Can you spare some time and help us find out more about this man?

MEET THE VETERANS FROM THIS PROJECT

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Use a unique audio recording
to engage your students

Using this audio we've created a series of 5 activity sessions with briefing notes, discussion points, and activities for use in the classroom.

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