2018 Marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. We marked this occasion with a Service of Remembrance to ‘Our Newfoundlanders’ We present to you as a visitor to this site our tribute.
We start with a letter to the the Telegram the National Newfoundland Paper:
To Our Newfoundlanders
It is 2018 and here as I am sure like you we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the great war, the war to end all wars. Here in Wandsworth at Beatrix Potter we are preparing with a range of theatre groups, actors playing WW1 soldiers to bring the realities of this period to life for our children.
We are also preparing a special remembrance service for Our Newfoundlanders in the Newfoundland plot opposite our school. To all the relatives of these young men and one young nurse we will call out their names, their ages, their occupation before war and the names of their parents or relatives before, on each we will place a personal cross and a stone brought from Newfoundland from July of this year. We are blessed with the participation of the Deputy Commander of the Regiment, the President of the Regimental Association and a representative from the Canadian High Commission. A range of other representatives will also attend.
Our Year Two and Year six with the school choir will sing the Newfoundland Anthem and we will read a poem about a soldier of the Regiment. A piper from Newfoundland will play a lament, wreaths will be laid and two pupils from our Girls High school nearby will play the last post on their trumpets. Parents from the school will also be in attendance. We hope a recording of the event will be made for our website for relatives to see. That same week we will be presenting to the high school the story of our soldiers.
We hope this is a fitting memorial to these brave Newfoundlanders who came to fight for England not knowing what lay before them. We continue to learn of their lives and that of the Regiment they were part of. To both the relatives of ‘Our Newfoundlanders’ and to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and community of Newfoundland we will remember them.
Mr S Neale
Beatrix Potter Primary School
At the same time we created a tribute based upon the poem by Laurence Binyon, For the fallen:
In July we took six students and parents to meet with our soldiers relatives and visit where they lived and worked. ‘On The Go show – We Didn’t Think We Were Doing A Lot’ it was a prelude to this our Remembrance. Here is the same production but with linked photographs.
In the following galleries the Remembrance itself. We were honoured to have with us Captain Ken Gatehouse Chair of the Regimental Association, Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Strong Commander of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Commander Corey of the Canadian High Commission who presented wreaths alongside our pupils in Year 2 and Year 6.
In the afternoon the school was presented a beautiful plaque commemorating the work we do. At the same moment we were told that one of the Regiments training rooms was to be named after the school and to contain pictures and work from the school about our ‘Our Newfoundlanders’. From Veterans Affairs Canada we have received a commendation of Excellence for our work and from the Canadian Legion a shield of honour. All are on display in our front foyer.