Sunderland children research history of First World War soldiers

Callum Guthrie and Daniel Stoves, right, both aged 13, pupils at Red House academy who's work is featured in the Great War Soldiers of Sunderland Exhibition at the Bede Bakehouse Gallery, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.

Callum Guthrie and Daniel Stoves, right, both aged 13, pupils at Red House academy who's work is featured in the Great War Soldiers of Sunderland Exhibition at the Bede Bakehouse Gallery, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.

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PUPILS have been going back in time to research the stories of Sunderland soldiers.

Red House Academy students have thrown themselves into a project exploring and researching the unique stories of soldiers from Wearside who took part in campaigns of the Great War.

Alex Fairlamb, Beamish Museum Community Learning Coordinator, has helped set up the Great War Soldiers of Sunderland Exhibition at the Bede Bakehouse Gallery, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.

Alex Fairlamb, Beamish Museum Community Learning Coordinator, has helped set up the Great War Soldiers of Sunderland Exhibition at the Bede Bakehouse Gallery, St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth.

Working alongside Beamish Museum and the DLI Museum in Durham, they researched life on the Western and Home Front during the First World War.

The culmination of their work is a display at Bede’s Bakehouse, in St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, which is running until March 2.

Inspired by the project, gallery curator Ian Potts is now hoping to compile a website on the Sunderland soldiers.

He said: “I have taken students from St Aidan’s School to the local history library, collecting names and taking photos. Many of the collected names were read out at the school’s remembrance service on November 11.

“I would be interested in finding out the names of more soldiers and any additional stories and photographs with a view to setting up a web page next year to coincide with the centenary of the Great War.”

Anyone with information on soldiers they would like included on the webpage can email hawaythelads@outlook.com or leave details at the church.

The Bede Bakehouse Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 2.30pm, and Sunday, from 1pm to 2.30pm.

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