To ‘Our New­found­lan­ders’

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - EDITORIAL - Steph Neale Head­teacher, Beatrix Potter Pri­mary School Earls­field, Wandsworth, Lon­don

It is 2018 and here as I am sure like you we mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the Great War, the war to end all wars. Here in Wandsworth at Beatrix Potter, we are pre­par­ing with a range of the­atre groups, ac­tors play­ing First World War sol­diers to bring the re­al­i­ties of this pe­riod to life for our chil­dren.

We are also pre­par­ing a spe­cial re­mem­brance ser­vice for “Our New­found­lan­ders” in the New­found­land plot op­po­site our school.

To all the rel­a­tives of th­ese young men and one young nurse we will call out their names, their ages, their oc­cu­pa­tion be­fore war and the names of their par­ents or rel­a­tives be­fore, on each we will place a per­sonal cross and a stone brought from New­found­land in July of this year. We are blessed with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the deputy com­man­der of the Reg­i­ment, the pres­i­dent of the Reg­i­men­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Cana­dian High Com­mis­sion. A range of other rep­re­sen­ta­tives will also at­tend.

Our Year 2 and Year 6 stu­dents with the school choir will sing the New­found­land An­them and we will read a poem about a sol­dier of the Reg­i­ment. A piper from New­found­land will play a lament, wreaths will be laid and two pupils from our Girls High school nearby will play the last post on their trum­pets. Par­ents from the school will also be in at­ten­dance. We hope a record­ing of the event will be made for our web­site for rel­a­tives to see. That same week we will be pre­sent­ing to the high school the story of our sol­diers.

We hope this is a fit­ting me­mo­rial to th­ese brave New­found­lan­ders who came to fight for Eng­land not know­ing what lay be­fore them. We con­tinue to learn of their lives and that of the Reg­i­ment they were part of. To both the rel­a­tives of “Our New­found­lan­ders” and to the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment and com­mu­nity of New­found­land we will re­mem­ber them.

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