Leominster students remember First World War

Hereford Times: Year seven student Megan Mitchell planting poppy seeds. Year seven student Megan Mitchell planting poppy seeds.

STUDENTS at Leominster's secondary school have been remembering those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Earlier this month, a group of GCSE history students visited the site where John McCrae – the Canadian surgeon who wrote well-known poem Flanders Fields after his friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer – worked, wrote the poem and buried his friend.

The poem tells of the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers, resulting in the poppy becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for fallen soldiers.

And EMC staff and students are hoping for their own enduring symbol of remembrance, having sown their own poppy seeds at the site.

Sent by the Western Front Association, a number of students representing all year groups planted the seeds.

It is the school's first act of commemoration of the First World War, with other events set to take place over coming years.

This year marks the centenary of the First World War.

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