In 2019 we were proud to receive a donation towards two silent soldiers, these are metal cut outs of a WW1 soldier. One is placed at our front entrance and the other is in our square garden patch which will be sown with poppies and forget me knots, the flower of the Newfoundlanders. Besides our Remembrance service we hosted a World War One soldier who talked to the children about his life in the trenches.
Our service was taken by year six pupils with Colonel Paul Doyal of the Royal Canadian Air Force representing the Canada. Mr Neale introduced the history of our link with the Newfoundland Regiment. A poem about a Newfoundlander mortally wounded on the battlefield commenced the programme. Each soldiers name, the date of their death and age, their civilian occupation and place of birth were read. A cross and a stone from the shores of Newfoundland were placed on each grave. Colonel Doyal with three year six pupils laid two wreaths at the foot of the Celtic cross and placed a stone.
Colonel Doyal then read the following:
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond Newfoundland’s foam
At the end at 11.am we held the National two minutes silence.
Our Year Two classes were at the Australian Plot and presented each Australian Soldier with a cross bearing the National Flag and a wreath on the main memorial.
July 1st is both Canada day and remembrance of Beaumont Hamel. Five of our soldiers were wounded at this Somme battle and our children, even in this covid period placed tributes on their graves, the Celtic Memorial Cross and on our silent soldier in school.