Pupils create ‘flags for the fallen’ for Arboretum map
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.