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To an Unknown Hero

This workshop introduces pupils to a North East man, Robert Cooper Clements, who fought in World War One. Using archival source material pupils piece together details of his life and death in the War.  Pupils explore the idea that behind every newspaper report of a military death are aspects of the soldier's personality and life that go far beyond their wartime experience.  They also develop skills in chronological understanding by producing a timeline of Robert's War and comparing his experience to events on the world stage.


Mrs Clements' husband may have been an 'unknown hero' to the person who buried him in a shallow grave, but using archive material, you are going to piece together a picture of who he was, where he had come from and what his life had been like back in England.

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Activity 1: Letters of Condolence.