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.

Welcome | About the Project

Welcome to the ‘my Adopted Soldier’ project - founded in 2015 by History Teacher and Transition Year co-ordinator Gerry Moore. His interest in World War 1 and a personal family connection to the conflict lead Gerry to realise that there were many soldier stories that were left untold. Gerry wanted to help his students learn and connect with history, and so came up with the idea of getting his students to “Adopt” a soldier from their local area. Gerry’s experience in finding information on his own Uncle provided a great deal of experience in the process of researching and archiving the soldier’s story, and this knowledge he shared with his students.

This process has now become the basis of the ‘my Adopted Soldier’ framework and we are delighted to offer this experience to schools, teachers, educators and other organisations. Our framework provides step-by-step guides in the process of adopting, researching and archiving. We use the very latest web technology to deliver an intuitive and rewarding experience to all our users with modules in research, digital literacy and desktop publishing. To find out how you or your school can get involved – email us today – info@myadoptedsoldier.com

my Adopted Soldier | Education

We are delighted to welcome Students & Teachers as regular visitors to myadoptedsoldier.com.

Latest News | September 2018 | launch of my Adopted Soldier 1.0, a cloud-based platform open to all schools and educators. This will give schools & teachers a chance to "Adopt" a soldier - and to create a certified and public archive. Teachers will be able to add their students to the system - providing a unique learning platform. The teacher's input will ensure that the archive content is of a certified quality - and teacher will be able to award each student a certificate of competency when the students 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. Watch out for us at up-coming conferences and events - where we will be offering teachers a chance to get signed-up to the platform. As part of the centenary commemorations of World War 1, we are also offering a special workshop to Transition Years. This will include a fascinating presentation on World War 1 and the involvement of Irish Soldiers, as well as a one-to-one workshop for teachers and students in getting signed-up to the new platform and starting research on their ‘adopted’ soldier.

We are honoured to be able to provide soldier data from the commonwealth war graves commission and from Irish War memorials. We provide data searching and filtering to ensure that each student can find or nominate a soldier for their project.

Get involved | 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 during Ireland’s other conflicts including 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, ask elderly members in your community and share your findings – Nominate a soldier

For more information email: info@myadoptedsoldier.com

Our Archives

Our archives have been researched, designed, complied and published by History 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. In 2017 we were delighted to extend the experience internationally, - allowing a group of students from Frankfurt to tell the stories of German soldiers in World War 1 – a unique insight from both sides of the conflict. In 2018 we are busy adding other conflicts to the system including the War of Independence, The Irish Civil War, 1916 and many more.

Each student also outlines his / her own story in the process of creating the archive - and as such, becomes the curator of his / her 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 of Students and Teachers.

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 | Europeana.eu | 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

Project Blog | RTE Documentary

For all the latest information on the project and for individual insights into the process of researching and archiving – 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 including – World War 1, The Irish War of Independence, traveling to historical sites, digital content creation and many more…

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. info@myadoptedsoldier.com

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

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