At Rowlands Gill Primary School we have always valued our local heritage as a teaching resource, so we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery First World War: Then and Now grant to investigate Rowlands Gill during the First World War, especially the contribution of local servicemen and women to the final victory in 1918 and the Peace Celebrations of 1919.

Dear Parents and School Family

Rowlands Gill: The Great War and the Great Peace 

Your School Needs You!

At Rowlands Gill Primary School we have always valued our local heritage as a teaching resource, so we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery First World War: Then and Now grant to investigate Rowlands Gill during the First World War, especially the contribution of local servicemen and women to the final victory in 1918 and the Peace Celebrations of 1919.

Our Year 6 children, together with teachers Mrs Brady and Mrs Redshaw, will work on the project during June this year. Visits will include a walk around Edwardian Rowlands Gill including the war memorial, Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool and Newcastle University as 1st Northern General military hospital. 

We Would Like Your Help

Like most history however, it is personal stories that bring events to life. The children would like to research and archive family memories about the First World War. These might be stories of troops on the Western Front or life on the Home Front: perhaps working on local farms or in mines, quarries or munition works.

Even better, does your family have any memorabilia that could be photographed for an online exhibition, perhaps a soldier’s bible, medals or remnant of uniform? Do you have any wartime photographs, letters or diaries that could be copied and shared?

We are also interested in stories of other battlefronts. The fighting on the Eastern Front was ferocious as Russia collapsed into Revolution and the Austrian empire disintegrated. Countries as diverse as Poland, Romania and Serbia suffered terribly. It is often forgotten too that many British Asians are descended from men who fought as recruits in the British Indian Empire (now modern Bangladesh, Pakistan and India).

If you have anything at all that you think could help us with our project, then we would be very grateful if you could bring it into school, so that it can be carefully recorded and become a permanent part of our research and school archive.

Rowlands Gill_Letter home re First World War stories & memorabilia

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