A-Z of Great War: Pupils plant poppies at graves

Children from Poulton le Sands School who have named graves of World War One soldiers.
Children from Poulton le Sands School who have named graves of World War One soldiers.

Thirty two graves in Morecambe Municipal Cemetery mark the final resting place of the fallen from the First World War.

To pay tribute to them, pupils from Poulton-le-Sands Primary School have entered into the spirit of the 100th anniversary by planting poppy seeds on the graves. Over the next four years every November 11 (Armistice Day) and June 28 (the date of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand), children from years 5 and 6 at the school will attend the cemetery. The children will also adopt a grave to research the person who lies there. They include ancestors of well known Morecambe families including Ayrey, Birkett, Dugdale, Edmondson, Gardner, Gerrard, Jackson, Shaw, Turner and Woodhouse.

“The children are already commenting upon the age of some of those fallen- they possibly have siblings of the same age,” said Christine Stebbing, chair of the Friends of Poulton Cemeteries.