World War One Remembrance Ceremony

On the 9th October, over 140 people came to Horsforth School to attend the ceremony of remembrance for the 89 Horsforth soldiers killed in 1917. The ceremony marked 100 years since Horsforth’s worst day of World War One, when eight soldiers were killed in the battle of Passchdaele.

The ceremony was presented by Year 12 students Ethan and Nathan who were joined by fellow students, Joe and Jake for a four part dramatic reading of Ian McMillan’s ‘The Tale of Walter the Pencil Man’. During the reading, Year 9 students Edward and Oliver mimed the parts of Walter and his German counterpart Lars and the audience was invited to reflect upon how much better things could have been if these boys, symbols of their generation, could have met in peace and shared their common love of art. We would like to thank Smokestack Books for their permission to stage this charity reading of ‘The Tale of Walter the Pencil Man’.

We were delighted to be joined by some of Lance Corporal Thomas Edward Rushworth’s relatives. Year 9 student, Jonny presented Thomas’ family with a roll of honour certificate to recognise the sacrifice Thomas made when he gave his life on 9th October 1917, aged just 19. We were also pleased to welcome Deputy Lord Lieutenant Gordon Tollofson and the Chair of Horsforth Town Council Mr Hardcastle to the event.

Year 9 student Lucy, whose great-grandfather designed the lions which sit atop the Menin Gate in Ypres, was able to present details of the 89 soldiers killed in 1917 along with other Year 9 students who laid wreathes at the Menin Gate on the Battlefields Trip this summer. 

The ceremony gave guest speaker Susan Watson, from the 100 Project, a chance to review the progress that has been made in the renewal of the Cenotaph and the secretary of the Royal British Legion in Horsforth, John Huck, praised the fundraising efforts of students at Horsforth School.

The event raised £300 which will go towards Horsforth School PTA, the Horsforth World War One 100 project and the Royal British Legion Horsforth Branch who will use the funds towards the cost of their attendance at the Grand Pilgrimage 90 to Ypres next August.

For any students interested, the 2018 Battlefields tour will be on sale in early November, initially to students in Years 7 and 8.

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