Remembrance Day 2015 was a special one for the pupils of Scotton Lingerfield Primary School. They had been working all term on the backgrounds of soldiers remembered on the Scotton War Memorial. Groups of pupils who had researched individual soldiers presented their findings at a memorial service held in the grounds of Scotton parish church and taken by Nick Witham, the local methodist minister, who had set the pupils the challenge of undertaking this task. The Rev. Witham also showed the children a dried poppy which had actually been sent back to his family from the western front by David Johnson whose name appears on the memorial.
The pupils had participated in a World War I module at the school, that included talks by Claro Community Archaeology Group member Kevin Earl and Community Archaeologist Kevin Cale, and a visit by a WWI ‘Tommy’ re-enactor Scott Knowles.
The results that the children presented showed a remarkable understanding and compassion for the subjects of their research. The event was well attended by pupils, teachers, parents and local residents.