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War memorials dedicated to Dundee school’s fallen alumni to be restored after £12k funding boost

War memorials dedicated to a school’s fallen alumni are to be restored and relocated to preserve them for future generations.

Sixth year pupils at one of the memorials for the Great War

Senior staff at Grove Academy said they were “absolutely delighted” to learn that Dundee City Council is to support the project.

The school’s history department has been working with the Friends of Grove Academy group on plans to relocate the memorials from a special garden, where the weather is taking its toll.

A £12,000 crowdfunding effort was launched to pay for the restoration and relocation of the memorials, parts of which date back to 1920.

However, the council has now said it will provide funding to support the efforts, saving the school having to try to raise the money itself.

On  Saturday, the academy was offering tours and talks on the war memorials, accompanied by Grove archive material from as far back as the First World War, along with research carried out by pupils on a recent trip to Belgium.

The tours were running from 10am-2pm.

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Depute head teacher Mark Doherty said: “It’s quite a big time for the school.

“The war memorials are currently outside in our special garden but we want to put them inside in the pupils’ assembly hall, so it is absolutely brilliant that the council has agreed to help us with it.

“The head teacher is absolutely delighted as well.

“We hope to get everything underway in the next wee while.”

The news coincides with the centenary year of the Armistice, effectively ending the First World War – and ensures that the legacy of those who fell for their country, many of whom will have descendants still in the Ferry, will be retained.

Mr Doherty added: “We’re honouring Grove’s fallen. It’s for the school but it’s also for the community as a whole. It’s a significant piece of local history which we are keen to preserve for the Ferry community.”

The school is still researching many of the names on the memorials.

Anyone with information can speak to the school today or email grove@dundeecity.gov.uk.

Earlier this year, the school announced plans to knit, crochet or in some other way create poppies to commemorate each of the 92 pupils from Grove Academy who died in the First World War.