Schoolchildren commemorate Shropshire's darkest day at the Somme

Schoolchildren in Shropshire came together on 14 July to commemorate the individual soldiers of the Shropshire King's Regiment who fell during the Battle of the Somme.

Displaying the banners that they had made to commemorate individual soldiers, school children came together to read poetry, sing and listen to the Last Post.

The blackest day in Shropshire's military history

On the 14 July 1916 the King's Shropshire Light Infantry lost 172 officers and men, with a further 294 wounded, at the Battle of Bazentin Ridge. The action was ultimately a success, but came at a great cost to the families and communities across Shropshire.

Local schools have been researching those who fell and have decorated banners in memory of those who fell, which they carried on the day of the Remembrance service. The event was organised with assistance from Historic England.

Coalbrookdale C of E school pupil Sophie Buckland laying wreath

Coalbrookdale C of E school pupil Dillon Rigby carrying banner

Lt Col Andrew Trelawny of the Rifles Association addresses the schools

Morville School pupls Apple Labescat and Eloise Norbury on stage

Priorslee Primary Academy pupils on stage

St Patricks school pupils singing

“We are thrilled so many Shropshire schools have been involved in commemorating the Battle of the Somme and its impact in the region. The local Legion branch and the charity’s toolkit has really aided in providing understanding and impact of the battle to the children involved.” Martin Phillips, Historic England

Remembering the Somme

The Royal British Legion has produced free information that schools, teachers and educators will find useful in developing their lesson plans for Somme 100. Visit our schools pages to download our Somme Centenary learning resources.

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