Silverdale girls to follow in the footsteps of soldiers

Pupils from St John's CE Primary School, Silverdale near Carnforth.
Pupils from St John's CE Primary School, Silverdale near Carnforth.

Pupils from Silverdale have been given the opportunity to travel to France as part of a World War One project.

Four Year 6 girls will be heading to the battle field for the Jullundur project.

Silverdale St John’s CE Primary School are one of 14 schools in Lancashire who are running the project.

It aims to teach children about the Jullundur Brigade from India who fought alongside the British Expeditionary Force.

Pupils will document their research in a handbook for teachers which is due to be released next year.

Joanne Easthope, headteacher at Silverdale Primary said: “There isn’t tons of information out there so that’s why we are doing this.

“I’m passionate about this project, the children need to learn about the people involved. I believe it is a real important part of our history that children should learn about.”

All together 60 pupils will take part in the trip to remember those who fought and died in the war.

The trip to Neuve Chepelle is funded by the Dukes of Lancaster Regiment and is taking place to help pupils understand the relationship between India and Britain in the first World War.

David Brookhouse, Lancashire County Council’s heritage learning officer, said: “The Jullundur Project is all about remembering those from the Manchesters regiment now part of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment who fought alongside Indian soldiers in World War One.

“We think it’s vital that children remember the sacrifices they made so we have secured funding to help schools across Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn and Tameside Manchester to commemorate this.

“We made a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce a teachers’ handbook created by children to teach the Jullundur Brigade.”