Pupils on trail of VC soldier’s story

Deputy head teacher Mark Thomas works on the war project with, from left, Jade Aspinall-Wood, Holly Hunter, Michael Bates, Daniel Twist and Luisa Cunningham

Deputy head teacher Mark Thomas works on the war project with, from left, Jade Aspinall-Wood, Holly Hunter, Michael Bates, Daniel Twist and Luisa Cunningham

First published in News St Helens Star: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

JUNIOR school pupils are embarking on a time team adventure which will lead them to a First World War battlefield.

Year five and six pupils from St Helens Parish CE Primary School are searching for facts about the St Helens soldier who won a coveted Victoria Cross in the 1914-18 conflict.

They will also be respectfully searching through gravestones and visiting war memorials in the borough to glean information on local casualties, victims of the war and the Pals battalions.

In the summer they will visit the Somme and lay wreaths and poppies at the Memorial to the Missing in Northern France. Since October pupils have been raising funds for the trip abroad, which is part of their Adventure Service Challenge.

Deputy head teacher Mark Thomas said pupils had raised money by running a tuck shop, a disco and organised a sponsored walk.

“We want the children to appreciate the sacrifices people have made for us,” said Mr Thomas.

“We intend ‘adopting’ a First World War soldier and finding more out about their lives to really bring home the history of the war.”

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12:18pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ruskindale says...

Here's a site that may be helpful to your project: http://www.sthelensr
ollsofhonour.co.uk/h
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Here's a site that may be helpful to your project: http://www.sthelensr ollsofhonour.co.uk/h ome ruskindale
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