AN East Staffordshire soldier who died in the First World War could have his legacy immortalised in a project to mark the conflict’s centenary.
Pupils at the Richard Wakefield Primary School, Tutbury, and Horninglow Primary School will research a series of letters George Fearn wrote to his wife and family during the war.
George, of Tutbury, was called up to fight and was killed in action on May 24, 1917 near Loos, France.
The pupils will also visit the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Burton’s National Brewery Centre and take part in workshops for a performance at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, off Union Street, in March 2014.
Project leaders Alix Jones and Manya Beneson, both freelance theatre producers, now have their fingers crossed that the Heritage Lottery Fund will approve an application for £9,300 towards the scheme.
Mrs Jones told the Mail: “It’s such a heart-wrenching story about him being called up to war and being taken away from his family.
“The project will focus on the letters he sends back to his wife saying he wants to come back home for Christmas.
“It’s about his journey in the trenches and the parcels his wife sends to him.
“Unfortunately he never makes it back but his wife refuses to believe he is dead.”
It was decided to use George’s letters after Mrs Jones and Mrs Beneson approached the Tutbury War Memorials Committee, which holds the documents, asking for help with the project.
The project will also be run in conjunction with the National Theatre’s production of War Horse in the hope of telling the story of Burton’s shire horses during the war, some of which were requisitioned from the town’s breweries to serve with the army.
Mrs Jones also appealed for anyone with letters and pictures from the war to loan them to the project for an exhibition at the National Brewery Centre.
She can be contacted at Alix.Jones@Outlook.com