“In 1917, I was only beginning to learn that life, for the majority of the
population, is an unlovely struggle against unfair odds, culminating in a cheap funeral.”
Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer


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,, 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?


A series of creative educational resources have been developed to accompany the project. These resources enable students to explore the impact of the Great War on three individuals who’s oral history recording is a starting point to the learning.

The 5 lesson Plans have been specifically designed to support you in your teaching of the history of World War One. The focus is primarily on the social history, rather than the politicians and the major battles. They concentrate on the ordinary men and the impact it had on their lives.

The activities are designed primarily for KS 3. They can be used in a cross curricular format, or as an addition to a World War One history lesson. They can also be used as a stand alone project on World War One covering subjects such as History, English, ICT and Mathematics.

Pupils will develop skills in journalism and genealogy there’s an opportunity to look closer to home. The lesson plan enables your class to upload their own personal family histories and explore contemporary issues relating to memorial.

The Legasee Education Trust has worked with the Colchester Academy to develop these resources.

Are you a teacher? We would love to hear your thoughts on these resources. Would you be interested in developing other education with us?

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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?

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.

Click here to listen