Glenrothes veteran to judge war competition

War veteran turned photographer David Cruickshanks (49)  in San Carlos Bay in the Falkland Islands.

War veteran turned photographer David Cruickshanks (49) in San Carlos Bay in the Falkland Islands.

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A Falklands veteran from Glenrothes and the Veteran and Transport Minister, Keith Brown, are judging a war memorial competition at primary schools across Scotland as part of a new campaign by the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Film-maker and campaigner, David Cruickshanks - a former Fife Free Press Group photographer - will pick a winner from over 70 schools in the Royal Scottish Primary School War Memorial Competition.

It forms part of the Legion’s ‘Voices of Veterans’ campaign to help mark 100 years since World War One.

David and Keith, will judge the winning entry from schools across Scotland where pupils have been investigating stories of soldiers and their families from their area from World War One and beyond.

David said: “This is a wonderful competition and it really helps to bring history to life for school children while also helping them connect with real people from their neighbourhood who took part in the various conflicts since 1914.

‘‘ I am proud to support the Royal British Legion Scotland’s ‘Voices of Veterans’ campaign.”

Ten pupils from the winning school or class will win a two day trip to London in May where they will get a chance to have a taste of what military life was like by spending the night on board the World War Two Warship HMS Belfast moored on the River Thames.

They will also receive a tour of the ship and will present their project to the Imperial War Museum for the national war memorial database.

The winners will also be invited to present their project to the Royal British Legion Scotland veterans during which the pupils will receive a trophy and be awarded a medal.