The First World War was the first truly global war – fighting took place across the world. Over 40% of the world’s population lived in countries directly involved in the conflict. Everyone was effected in some way. From the icy waters of the South Atlantic and the North Sea… to the deserts of Arabia and Iraq… from the coasts of China and Turkey… to the simmering heat of East Africa… from the high peaks of the Alps… to the trenches of Western Europe… nearly 72 million troops were mobilised (71,497,467) on all sides… over half of them died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing (38,241,712)… there were millions more civilian casualties…
Britain recruited nearly 9 million (8,904,469) troops from across its Empire… more than a third of them died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing (3,190,235) When the war was over, the losses were felt by all… Britain was united in grief… the fallen were honoured and gratefully remembered…
100 years on and our shared living memory of the First World War, once so strong, is fading – that is why we have come together today to show our appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many.
We, at Dunn Street, are privileged to have been given a grant by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, to allow us to take part in the There But Not There campaign: a series of art installations used in the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war. They are installed, in the places where serving men and women came from across the country… in the communities they left behind.
Communities like our school – 174 ex-pupils from Dunn Street Boys’ School served during World War I. 14 of them died in action or from their wounds.
Leading Seaman John Joseph Cooper (aged 29) Private Matthew Crooks (aged 29)
Private Henry Graham (aged 23) Acting Sergeant John Reginald Judson (aged 25)
Gunner John William Loader (aged 30) Private Norman George McKenzie (aged 27)
Sergeant John Christopher Peterson (aged 23) Private Thomas E. Petherick (aged 18)
Private William Roberts (age unknown) Engine Room Artificer John Sandilands (aged 36)
Private Robert Hardy Dixon Thomas (aged 26) Corporal Robert A. Walker M.M (aged 30)
Airman First Class Herbert P Warminger (aged 27) Corporal James Heslop White (aged 23)
This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal…
The silhouettes commemorate those who died in the First World War through installations wherever there is a Roll of Honour; they educate all generations, particularly the younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of WW1, and help us understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel and they heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds from their service by raising substantial funds through sales.
Thank-you to friends and family for your support.
We are delighted with the coverage, in The Shields Gazette, that tells of our wonderful art installation that is part of our Armistice commemorations.
School would like to thank everyone who has donated bottles and knitted poppies to make the installation so spectacularly stunning. Mrs Ramshaw’s idea and hard work has certainly paid off. Thanks also to Mr Atkinson for rigging the structure and putting holes into so many poppies! Also thanks to Miss Ho who gave up her time to paint and hammer in holes!
Residents from Mariposa Elderly Care Roseway House worked alongside KS2 pupils this afternoon to add to our fabulous “Weeping Window” instillation.
As they painted, pupils heard about what the residents had done during the Second World War. An impromptu singalong also made for an enjoyable afternoon.
On Tuesday 19th September, Ellie, Josh, Kurtis and Morgan accompanied Mrs Ramshaw and Miss Noble on a trip of a life-time to Birmingham University and the Great Hall (created by architect Aston Webb who also designed the principal facade of Buckingham Palace and the main building of the Victoria and Albert Museum).
The programme for the day included an introduction by guest speaker David Walliams.
After the video, the awards took place. From all the children who took part last year, Ellie was selected as one of three students who received a “Student of the Year Award”. She received her award from the Duke who apologised for making her “walk such a long way” to get it (we were sat right at the back of the hall)! We couldn’t be more proud!
On stage at @unibirmingham, The Duke presented a series of special awards to children from schools around the UK.
His Royal Highness became the charity’s Patron in 2009. #RoyalVisitBirmingham pic.twitter.com/U1bUM4bpHh
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 18, 2018
The children had been selected as one of the few schools that the Prince and David Walliams spoke to after the event.
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) September 18, 2018
As reported on the Hello! web-site:
Earlier in the day, as Prince William toured through the Great Hall at the Aston Webb building, he met some of the young people who had graduated following the first year of the Prince William Award, which aims to help build school children’s character and confidence.
He confessed to one group from Dunn Street Primary School in Tyne and Wear, in the northeast of England, “I got scared in school sometimes.”
Speaking to the children about what they’d learned from the award program that helps build resilience in school, he said, “I was nervous about putting my hand up in class. There’s no such thing as a silly question.”
Birmingham University’s motto is: Per Ardua Ad Alta. It is the same motto as the RAF. It means: through difficulty to heights. How apt!