Aberdeen school pupils have teamed up with the nephew of a soldier who died in the First World War to research the stories behind names on a war memorial.
The Bridge of Don Remembers project is made up of nine schools and three churches and will see pupils take part in activities and stage exhibitions.
The scheme, which launched yesterday at the war memorial in Bridge of Don, sees schools work alongside the Oldmachar branch of Legion Scotland.
One of the 49 names on the memorial is Private John “Jack” Tough, who died aged 19 during the third Battle of the Somme in France on September 22 1916.
Private Tough had emigrated to Canada but joined the 2nd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry and was deployed to Europe.
He is buried in the 2nd Canadian Cemetery near Contalmaison, a few miles from the River Somme.
The soldier’s nephew, also named John Tough, 80, from Bridge of Don, said: “He was my father’s brother and was killed on the banks of the Somme.
“He grew up not far from where the war memorial is now sited in Bridge of Don.”
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Aberdeen Lord Provost, Councillor Barney Crockett, also attended the launch event.
He said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be here to lend my support to a fabulous project that both commemorates the Bridge of Don’s war dead and involves all local schools in researching and celebrating the men behind the names.
“It’s so important that the men and the tragedy of the conflicts are never forgotten.”
Sue Thomson, a member of the chaplaincy team at St Columba’s Church of Scotland and organiser for Bridge of Don Remembers, said: “When we first discussed it at a school chaplaincy meeting I don’t think either the head teachers or the ministers and youth workers thought it would take off in the way it has.”
The project will be rounded off by nine days of activities beginning with a launch service with an Act of Remembrance on Friday November 2 and finishing with a Community Act of Remembrance on Sunday November 11 by the War Memorial.
During the same week there will be nine handmade displays featuring hundreds of poppies created by pupils.