Middlesbrough’s Archibald Primary School will be able to remember those from the area who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War courtesy of a specially commissioned remembrance poppy memorial.
The gun metal plaque was presented to the school by the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported They answered their Country’s Call: All Saints’ Church and the First World War project’s manager Dr Tosh Warwick at a ceremony at the school on Friday (November 10) on the eve of Remembrance Sunday.
Designed by Baldwin Solid Surfaces and cast at Middlesbrough’s historic William Lane Foundry, the memorial recognises the school pupils’ contribution to the First World War Centenary Project.
The wider project has included replacement of the damaged Gjers Mills & Co. war memorial at All Saints’ Church, which has already seen ancestors of those commemorated visit to pay their respects.
Other activities have included poetry slams, musical performances, a pop-up exhibition, conference, foundry visits and a production of a forthcoming history book on life in industry and Middlesbrough during the First World War.
Project Manager Dr Tosh Warwick said: “The First World War had a profound impact on everyday life in Middlesbrough.
“It is fantastic to be able to present the memorial to Archibald Primary School as a legacy of the pupils’ contribution to the They answered their Country’s Call project and we hope that the memorial will help pupils to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War for decades to come.”
Head teacher Anita Jefferies said: “Everyone at Archibald is very proud to be have contributed to the project and to have received the plaque commemorating the soldiers who lost their lives for us.”