The tale of an amazing Glasgow woman who served as a nurse during World War One was unveiled at the Mitchell Library.

Ethel Aikman was a young woman who was a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse during The Great War.

Hillhead-born Ethel survived being torpedoed on board the SS Transylvania and washing up on the northwest coast of Italy, living in the town of Savona along with the 400 other survivors.

She went on to serve across Europe after, and her colourful experiences are detailed in letters to family at home and her own photographs, telling the story of an ordinary Glaswegian living through an extraordinary period in history.

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Ethel's story was shared with the public for the first time ahead of a large-scale project to help preserve the untold stories of the conflict.

The people of Glasgow are being asked to dig out their First World War family treasures for a digital archiving roadshow hoping to keep the country's memories alive.

The Lest We Forget: Keep Their Stories Alive Project is appealing to the public to delve into their handed-down possessions and First World War mementoes so they can be preserved digital for generations to come.

Glasgow City Archives, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, and the University of Oxford, are running a drop-in session at the Mitchell Library on April 10 to gather stories and objects remembering World War One.

Those interested in coming along on the day will be greeted by a group of around 25 volunteers and archivists, and will be given their heirlooms back on the day after they are recorded.

Michael Gallagher, an archivist with Glasgow City Archives, said: "The idea behind it is to capture individual stories that haven't been preserved in formal recording archives or museums.

"People have the opportunities to come in a and bring objects from their family or items to do with the first world war, so you may have medals, diaries, correspondence, photographs, so bring them in, they will be digitised,and the person will be interviewed so they have a chance to tell the story behind it.

"Even if they don't have any objects, people may have family stories that have been handed down concerning the war so they want to come and tell us their stories and make sure they are preserved as part of this project, and they will be preserved forever."

During the First World War communities throughout Glasgow sent tens of thousands of young men to fight, with 18,000 individuals serving who would never return.

Those involved saying this demonstrates how important it is for the Glasgow public to get involved.

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Mr Gallagher added: "It's a real chance for Glasgow's voice to be heard as part of this national project. It is really important for identity of individuals and of the city."

The Mitchell roadshow is one of more than 20 across the UK.

Once the items are digitised, the stories are made available to the public through a large, free-to-use online database.

The event will take place in the Moir-Dyer Room at The Mitchell Library between 12pm and 6pm on April 10.

Anyone with any questions or who would like to take part in the project can contact for more information.