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City project aims to create online memorial

GLASGOW City Council is hoping to stir a few memories as it launches a search for First World War stories.

HERO: Private Henry May was awarded the VC in 1914.
HERO: Private Henry May was awarded the VC in 1914.

The family of one of the city's Great War Victoria Cross recipients, Private (later lieutenant) Henry May, helped launch the project which aims to collect the untold stories of Glaswegians during the conflict.

The stories will become an online memorial to the people of the city who played a role in the war on the front line or at home.

Some 200,000 Glasgow men volunteered for the Great War leaving behind their jobs and loved ones. Of those, 18,000 lost their lives, with a further 34,500 left seriously injured.

Among those who went to war and survived was Private May, from Bridgeton, who received the highest British award for military gallantry.

Two of his descendants, James Henry May and Jennifer McInnes, helped the Lord Provost Sadie Docherty launch the www.firstworldwarglasgow.co.uk website and the call for stories which will become a permanent online tribute.

The website was designed and produced by Glasgow City Council.

Among the stories already posted is that of George Small Anderson, a private in the 17th Highland Light Infantry, who was just 19 when he was severely wounded on April 1, 1917, at Savy near St Quentin, France, and died the next day.

For his gallant conduct in his last fight he received the Military Medal.

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