College students honour the fallen in new project

© Paul ReidInspecting the installation are, from left, RSM Dave Young, designer Kirsty McBride, Adjutant Andy Bryce and Jim Stewart, head of engineering.
Inspecting the installation are, from left, RSM Dave Young, designer Kirsty McBride, Adjutant Andy Bryce and Jim Stewart, head of engineering.

Students in Tayside have created an installation to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Dundee and Angus College NC Level 5 Social Science students from Arbroath campus wanted to create an installation to pay tribute to the lost generation.

The work will be displayed in all three college sites before making its way to its final destination, which will be the history room at RM Condor in Arbroath.

The students were inspired by the ‘There But Not There’ project which raises funds for the charity, Re-membered.

Course leader Susan Gregory, said: “They were concerned that many of the 1920s memorial project is occasionally lost within society due to urbanisation.

“In addition, the message they represent is not always conveyed to the younger generations.

“The students felt strongly that they wanted to ensure that the sacrifice made by volunteers and con-scripted soldiers was still as important to commemorate today as 100 years ago.

“This is not in any way to celebrate the war but to pay tribute to the lost generation, where many communities, villages, towns and cities were left devastated by the high numbers of lives lost.

“The purpose of this memorial is to highlight the devastation it caused to families, friends and the communities of men who never returned.

“The students were passionate to raise awareness of the long-term damage of war in the hope that nothing on this scale ever happens again.”

45 Commando Regimental Sergeant Major Dave Young, Adjutant Andy Bryce and Colour Sergeant Ryan Selbie were among those who attended the unveiling ceremony.

Students were tasked with planning and coming up with a design brief as part of their course which examined Scotland and the Great War.

These ideas were taken to the engineering department who contacted Kirsty McBride who drew and designed the image the creation is based on.

A number of the prototypes were produced prior to the final design decision by the students.

The smaller installations will be donated to Arbroath branch of the British Legion and it may be possible for further production on demand.

Special thanks were given at the ceremony to the students, Kirsty McBride, Jim Stewart, Rod Taylor, Gavin Stewart and Ross Paterson.

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