my Adopted Soldier

Welcome to my Adopted Soldier

Students making History. Creating digital archives in the classroom.
A unique archive of Soldiers, researched and produced by History Students.

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We are delighted to welcome Students & Teachers as regular visitors to

Latest News | September 2018 | launch of my Adopted Soldier 1.0 We are delighted to announce the launch of our new cloud-based platform open to all schools and educators. This gives all students a chance to "Adopt" a soldier - and to create a certified and public archive. Teachers can add their students to the system – and monitor and guide their class in creating their archives - providing a unique learning platform. The teacher's input will ensure the archive quality and the teacher can award each student a certificate of excellence when the archive is ready for publishing..

We are very excited about this development, and teachers if you are interested in becoming an early-adopter of this technology for your school - we would love to hear from you.

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Our Archives

All the content on our site has been researched, designed, complied and published by students - assisted and guided by their History Teachers in the process of creating a unique and meaningful archive. These archives are fascinating insights into the experience of War and into the personal stories of often forgotten soldiers.

Each student also outlines his / her own story in the process of creating the archive. The students story represents the voice of today, - many of the soldiers that are remembered were of a similar age to the students.

In turn these archives are now being used as educational resources for a much larger audience around the world.

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About the project

Founded in 2015 by History Teacher and Transition Year co-ordinator Gerry Moore. A personal family connection lead Gerry to realise that there were many soldier stories that were left untold. To help his students learn and connect with history, he decided to get his students to “Adopt” a soldier from their local area and tell their story.

Since our launch in 2015 – we have reached out to many partners and organisations who have fully endorsed the project including: History Teachers Association of Ireland | National Museum of Ireland | Glasnevin Cemetery | GPO Experience | Irish Family History Centre | Leuven Irish College in Belgium | RTE Nationwide | | Donegal County Council and County Museum | Irish Veterans Association | and many more…

Our site has been archived by the National Library, and has been highlighted as an example project in the development of Empathy in education. Ref: “The Council of Europe Intergovernmental Project : Educating for Diversity and Democracy: teaching history in contemporary Europe

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Get Involved

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Be part of the project
We are looking for schools, historians and individuals to help us create a definitive list of all of those who took part or lost their lives in conflicts including World War 1, the War of Independence, the Irish Civil War and the Easter Rising.

If you know of a relative or neighbour who had a part to play in these conflicts, we would like to hear from you. Get your school involved, start a local project, ask elderly members in your community and add your information.

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Project Blog & Documentary

For all the latest information on the project – please visit our Blog. We are lucky to have teachers, educators, students and historians blogging on the site, and you will find many interesting stories and perspectives on a wide range of subjects. If you would like to contribute, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in any of these subjects and if you would like to contribute to our blog, we would love to hear from you.

Also, - as part of an extensive programme of commemorations in 2016 RTE Nationwide produced a special documentary following our initial students on the 'my adopted soldier' project. This documentary is now available to view on the RTE website

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my Adopted Student

Who is she who kneels above my shrapnel-splintered bones,
who pours potato-scented soil to draw me to my home,
who reads my name through tear-dark eyes, who breathes a choking prayer,
as roses bloom to match her dress and the colours of her hair?
I do not recognise her face her kin unknown to me,
but in her love our county speaks and keeps my memory,
would she had known me as I lived and held me when I fell,
she lifts me now up heaven's slopes for I served my time in hell.

―'my Adopted Student' by David Dunlop