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Students honour WWI soldier from Rossendale

A pair of Rossendale students paid a special tribute to a First World War soldier from Rawtenstall during a visit to the Battlefields in France.

Rhea Kellar and Kathryn Hart, year eight students at Alder Grange School, were given the unique opportunity to visit the First World War Battlefields in France during a centenary tour.

Before the trip Rhea and Kathryn researched a soldier from Rawtenstall, Sergeant Frank Ormerod, who fought and died nearly 100 years ago, aged just 20.

When they visited Tyne Cot Memorial they found Sergeant Ormerod’s name amongst 100s of others who died in the war and honoured him by laying poppies.

Rhea, 12, said: “It was really sad to find Sergeant Ormerord’s name on the wall. He died so young fighting so that we could live in a safe country. I’m glad we had the chance to honour him.”

Kathryn, also 12, said: “The whole trip was so interesting. I enjoyed all of it but mostly seeing the soldiers name at the war memorial. It was hard to find as there were so many names. It made me realise how many soldiers who died for us in the war.”

During the three day trip the Alder Grange students, and their teacher Cath Kenny, visited other memorable locations. These included Lijssenthoek Cemetery, In Flanders Fields Museum, Sunken Lane and Langemark Cemetery.

Rhea and Kathryn were chosen to go to the Battlefields as they are both high achievers and Miss Kenny felt they would benefit most from the visit.

The tour was part of an educational programme led by the UCL Institute of Education to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Cath Kenny, Humanities teacher at Alder Grange, said: “The trip hit home with the girls, they both said they had never really thought about the war before. I was really glad to give this opportunity to them and would love to take more students. It was an eye opening visit for all of us.”


AgMag Summer 2015