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St. Chad's Catholic Primary School, Catholic Lane, Sedgley, Dudley

Event - Armistice Day Centenary

9 November 2018

Every year on the Friday nearest to Remembrance Day the whole school visits the parish cemetery to lay poppy wreaths which the children have made.

This year as it was the centenary of Armistice Day large poppies were used to mark the graves of the six men who died as a result of being wounded during the First World War.

We had previously only been aware of five war graves in the cemetery: those of Private John Jones, Private James Martin, Private David Millard, Private H. Stainer and Sergeant Major Martin O’Connor. But a local amateur historian has identified a sixth soldier who was injured in 1918, although he lived until 1922.

Although he isn’t recorded with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, hearing his story, we felt it was only right to lay poppies on his grave as well. So our sixth soldier Private John Harries was included for the first time.

Reeption class laid their wreath on Private John Harries' grave.
Members of the School Council.

The graves of Private Harry Stainer and Sergeant Major Martin O'Connor.
Year 2 laid their wreath on the grave of Private James Martin.

Year 3 laid their wreath on Private John Jones' grave.