My name is Emily Acheson. I am a 6th year student in Ursuline College, Sligo and I have been lucky enough to be chosen to represent my county in this 'Adopt a WWI Soldier' project. Since November I have been doing intensive research on my soldier, Pte. Thomas Marren. Over these past few months I have learned so much about his life and eventual passing on the battlefields of the Somme. I feel so privileged to be the first person to visit this man's grave, to give him the respect and acknowledgement that he deserves, as a brother, a son and a WWI soldier.
Pictured here are all of the students and organisers involved in the project. We met for the first time at Collins Barracks on the 7th of March 2015. Needless to say we all got on so well and couldn't wait for our trip in June.
Pictured here is Ruarcc Ballantine (Leitrim) , Ms. Galbraith (a history teacher from the Sligo Grammar School.) and myself in the courtyard of Collins Barracks.
I would like to say a huge word of thanks to everyone who helped and guided me through this project. Firstly, to Ms. Timoney, my history teacher for informing me about this project and helping me with my application. Without her I never would have gotten this chance of a lifetime. I would also like to thank Charles Henry, a local man who owns the land on which the Marren's cottage rests. He has been so wonderful in regards to supplying me with plenty of extremely useful information about the family and the area. I certainly wouldn't have gotten very far in this research if it weren't for him. Last, but not least, I would like to say a most sincere word of thanks to Gerry Moore, Michael Collins and the rest of the team for all of their hard work which is greatly appreciated by all of us involved. It has been an amazing journey and I'm so glad I got to share it with such incredible people!