First World War Centenary

This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. We believe that this should not go unnoticed in school. A series of events have been planned throughout the year.

Memorial Service.


Nineteen pupils from Hendal Primary School went to Kettlethorpe War Memorial, each to lay a poppy cross representing men from the Crigglestone area who lost their lives during the conflict. Other local schools also took part.The names of the men were read out by Canon Ian Gaskell.


Representatives from Wakefield Council, the Parish Council, ex-servicemen, serving soldiers, the British Legion and members of the public all came together on a beautiful sunny morning.




We met many peole who wanted to talk to us - one gentleman had brought the posthumous medal awarded to his great uncle, which he has inherited. He was moved that one of our crosses was for his relation, and allowed us to bring the medal back to school to show the rest of Key Stage Two. We are very greatful for the trust he showed.



Pupils in school have planted poppies in drifts, so we are hoping to have a good show over the next few years.


We have also been researching which of our ancestors took part in both wars, and are lucky to have been given permission to include letters from Herbert Wynn to his family.


If you have any photographs of relatives from the First World War in particular, we would love to see them. We have been supported by Thomas Walker, from whom we have had a book and resources about the First World War. Copies are available through him at