Midland Academies Trust

Students pay respects to heroes of the Somme



Two Hartshill school parties have recently spent time “on the Somme”, staying at the beautiful Chateau Warsy in Picardy.  Through a range of visits the full enormity of the horrors that the area endured 100 years ago became apparent to our students.  

Our visits included German and Allied cemeteries,  the massive crater at Lochnagar created on the first day of "the Somme" and movingly the undergound museum under the beautiful basilica in the town of Albert

On the way home from the first visit,  one of our students Harry Richardson mentioned that his great grandfather Private George Pallet was killed in WW1 but that the family didn’t know where he was commemorated. 

On our visit to the Thiepval memorial for the second time we asked the people from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for help and were astounded to receive a commemorative certificate and full details of George that we could bring back for Harry.

The memorial to the missing at Thiepval contained many family names provoking deep thought and some very mature discussions, as did the discovery of the headstone of this Bulkington soldier.

As the centenary of remembrance events comes to a close there are a lot of students at our school who much better appreciate the loss and the sacrifice made - often by distant relatives.