Pupils research fallen heroes

Pupils from Queensferry Community High School teamed up with local groups in a bid to uncover the stories behind the men buried in the town’s First World War graves.

The University of Edinburgh project, involves 55 students, Queensferry History Group and the local library.

The group will work together to research the lives of the 180 men based in the local area who lost their lives during the First World War. All of the men are buried in the town’s Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery.

They will trawl war archives, speak to local families and investigate town records.

Team members will then record their findings on a dedicated website and hope to hold an exhibition to provide an insight into the part Queensferry played during the War.

The project team also hope to share the stories it uncovers with family members of the men buried there – both from Scotland and abroad.

Queensferry Cemetery contains the most Commonwealth War Graves in Scotland. Almost all of the burials in the cemetery are naval personnel, many of whom were killed at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Gordon Hunter, head of social subjects at the school said: “This is a unique and incredibly valuable opportunity for our students to work with the Queensferry community and The University of Edinburgh.

“We are delighted to be helping to bring this important part of our history to life for the students and the community by learning about the men and women that fought the War from our very shores.”

Project leader Yvonne McEwen said: “We are pleased to embark on this ambitious project ahead of next year’s Centenary of the First World War. Although the names of the men in the cemetery are recorded, much of what they achieved and the stories behind their names are not. We believe the project is a fitting tribute to the fallen.”

For further information on University of Edinburgh First World War projects go to www.edinburghs-war.ed.ac.uk/