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Wellingborough’s First World War commemoration spotted in Belgium

Published Monday, 19 October 2015

A wreath placed by school children at a Belgian cemetery to commemorate local soldiers who died in the First World War has been spotted by other visitors and shared on social media.

The wreath was donated by the Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves, and taken by Sir Christopher Hatton Academy year 10 history students Francesca Patmore and Kathryn Knight to the Tyne Cot cemetery, where a number of Wellingborough soldiers have their names engraved.

The message on the wreath reads: “On behalf of the mayor, councillors, and people of the borough of Wellingborough” and was taken by the two students as part of the national Centenary Battlefield Tour programme. The programme was established to help students gain an insight into life during the First World War and increase awareness of the sacrifice made by millions of soldiers.

The wreath was placed at the memorial in September and spotted by visitors to the cemetery last week.

Posting about the find on Facebook, Lindsey Whitehead explained that her parents had seen the wreath at the cemetery in Belgium. The mayor picked up the post and the story was shared more widely on the site.

One of the students, Kathryn Knight, joined the discussion and said: “Well spotted! I was one of the two pupils from Hatton who were chosen to visit and place the wreath. It was a great honour and I am really pleased it has been recognised.  It was an amazing experience and I learnt loads.”

Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves, said: “I was very proud to be able to donate a wreath to commemorate the brave sacrifice of so many local soldiers.

“I’m delighted that this gesture on behalf of the whole borough has been seen by other visitors to this cemetery, and shared even further through social media.”

The mayor also donated another wreath, which was taken by the students to Lijssenthoek Cemetery, where six local soldiers are buried.