Pupils cre­ate ‘flags for the fallen’ for Ar­bore­tum map

Burton Mail - - News -

A GI­ANT out­door map of the UK has been adorned with hun­dreds of flags ded­i­cated to the fallen ser­vice­men of the First World War.

The art­work is part of the “Flags for the fallen” project at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Al­re­was to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of the war. Year 9 stu­dents at Pin­gle Acad­emy in Swadlin­cote helped dec­o­rate flags along­side their teacher, Brenda Parker. Her great-grand­fa­ther, Dun­can Gor­don, died in the war in March 1918, one month af­ter his brother Thomas was also killed.

Dun­can died, aged 22, dur­ing the spring of­fen­sive, a se­ries of at­tacks that served as a last-ditch at­tempt by the Ger­mans to win the war.

He left be­hind an 18-month-old son and a three­year-old daugh­ter, who was Mrs Parker’s grand­mother.

She said: “Great-grand­dad Dun­can was never for­got­ten in my fam­ily and I re­ally wanted to put his name on one of the flags so oth­ers can re­mem­ber him, too.”

He is re­mem­bered at the Pozieres memo­rial, near where he died in north­ern France, while his brother is re­mem­bered at Tyne Cot in Bel­gium, the largest memo­rial of Com­mon­wealth forces in the world. There were over 6,000 flags on the map in the days lead­ing up to Remembrance Day week­end and they will re­main on dis­play un­til Novem­ber 18.

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