20th November 2018
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Legion wants personal stories for World War One display

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The Lerwick branch of the Royal British Legion is seeking contributions from the community for a First World War display board in its main public space.

AHS pupils with the First World War display at the Lerwick branch of the Royal British Legion. From left: Latasha Mein, Vaila Morrison, Sonny Thomason, Travis Morgan and Alex Henry. Photo: Dave Donaldson

AHS pupils with the First World War display at the Lerwick branch of the Royal British Legion. From left: Latasha Mein, Vaila Morrison, Sonny Thomason, Travis Morgan and Alex Henry. Photo: Dave Donaldson

This will be in place for the duration of the 100th anniversary of the war, and has been put in place in conjunction with the local World War One “Land, Sea, Home, Abroad” project.

This is an inter-generational project involving Shetland Family History Society, Shetland Heritage, Shetland Museum and Archives, as well as the Anderson High School.

The Lerwick Legion branch would like to encourage all of the Shetland community to contribute displays to the board.

That can include personal stories of those who served or were lost, key anniversary stories, and also photographs.

Legion manager Angie Layfield said: “It is hoped that all Shetland schools, community heritage groups, local museums and Shetland Family History will contribute information to the display.

“So far, displays have covered key stories on Shetlanders who were lost early in the war, those that were lost at Gallipoli, and also the story of the Battle of 2nd Ypres.

“At present the display has various displays from Anderson High School pupils on life in the trenches, and the experiences of Shetland soldiers.

“The board is there for the local community to put up displays, but also to share notice of events and information related to the Shetland story of World War One.”

About Adam Civico

The Shetland Times editor since October 2012. Born and bred in South Yorkshire, before moving to Shetland I was assistant editor at the Barnsley Chronicle, where my journalism career began. When not editing The Shetland Times I can be found walking or (occasionally) running, enjoying good food, or trying to find the latest Sheffield Wednesday result. Contact me with your news and views about Shetland – a.civico@shetlandtimes.co.uk, on Twitter @adamcivico or telephone 01595 746715.

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