Saturday, 19 April 2008

"A Short Life in the Sky" - new Scottish Archives for Schools resource

From the National Archives of Scotland website:

"The National Archives of Scotland's education website, Scottish Archives for Schools, is pleased to announce the launch of its latest resource, 'A short life in the sky, 1915-16', based on the letters of a young WW1 Scottish pilot.

"When war broke out in 1914, aeroplanes were still a relatively new invention. John Douglas Hume, known as Douglas by his family and friends, left his home in Fife at the age of 18 to join the Royal Naval Air Service. He trained in England and saw action in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) and Turkey.

"He was a prolific letter writer. His correspondence displays a range of style and feeling that cannot fail to stir the interest and emotions of the reader. Thanks to his family who kept his letters and photographs, we can experience his life as a pilot from May 1915 until his untimely death in December 1916. The records are part of the Hume papers, which are held at the National Archives of Scotland, NAS ref. GD486."

To view the resource, visit the Scottish Archives for Schools website at


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