Search

First World War centenary: Hornchurch schoolchildren visit battlefields to commemorate our soldiers

13:57 15 May 2014

Students at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. [Picture: Abbs Cross Academy]

Students at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. [Picture: Abbs Cross Academy]

Archant

The sacrifices of soldiers who lost life and limb in the trenches of the First World War have been remembered by schoolchildren.

Daniel Clubb laying a wreath at the Thiepval Memorial for the Missing of the Somme. [Picture: Abbs Cross Academy]Daniel Clubb laying a wreath at the Thiepval Memorial for the Missing of the Somme. [Picture: Abbs Cross Academy]

Pupils from Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College visited the battlefields of the Somme in northern France to pay their respects.

Led by head of history Andrew Mallett, the 45-strong group of Year 11s were taken to Vimy Ridge, the Lochnagar Crater and Thiepval.

At the Thiepval Memorial, student Daniel Clubb laid a wreath on behalf of the school, which is in Abbs Cross Lane, Hornchurch.

Pupil Jennifer Randall, 16, said: “It was truly humbling and inspiring to see the battlefields where our soldiers gave our lives for us.”

Trenches at Vimy Ridge. [Picture: Abbs Cross Academy]Trenches at Vimy Ridge. [Picture: Abbs Cross Academy]

George Tarling, 16, said: “It was a very sobering experience. Before we went to the Somme it just seemed like a story, but this visit made it much more real.”

The group’s activities included walking through trenches, visiting a museum of First World War artefacts and another museum dedicated to soldiers from Newfoundland, Canada, who served during the conflict.

The academy’s deputy headteacher, Nigel Franceschi, said: “This visit emphasised how important it is for young people to gain a real awareness of the horror of the Battle of the Somme and of other battles of the First World War.

“Looking at the names of the soldiers on the graves, and of the 75,000 missing who are commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, really brought home to the students how many lives were wasted and the incredibly young age of the soldiers, many barely older than the Year 11s themselves.

“Throughout the day, the students showed respect and humility and were a credit to their school and to the wider community of Havering.”

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00
Press Gang reviewer, Phoebe Colson, 11, gives us her view of Rachel Hamilton's The Case of the Exploding Brains

Noelle “Know-All” Hawkins has another case on her hands.

Yesterday, 11:00
Election candidates standing for Hornchurch and Upminster (except Romford candidate Ian Sanderson). Clockwise from top left: Dame Angela Watkinson (Con), Melanie Collins (Green), Lawrence Webb (Ukip), Paul McGeary (Lab) and Ian Sanderson (Lib Dem)

Zero-hours contracts and the NHS were on the agenda at a hustings event.

Yesterday, 10:00
Parliamentary candidates for Romford

Many things can influence a decision made at the ballot box and the chairman of a church hustings wanted to make sure all bases were covered – dog or cat person? Rugby or football fan? Inny or outy?

Yesterday, 08:00
St Andrew's Church in Hornchurch held a service for Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during the First World War

The thousands of men who fell at Gallipoli have been remembered 100 years on.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Spruce up for spring with this beauty bundle from Justmylook!

Looking to update your look for spring? Well, you’re in luck.

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder