Although it might be very hard to imagine what life was like for WW1 soldiers when you are seven or eight years old, staff at Christ Church Primary in Cressage have been helping children to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War in a meaningful way. Children took part in a countywide art project, with local artist Lyn Evans taking poppies from children across the county and creating a dramatic sculpture that’s been exhibited around Shropshire.
Children wrote the names of local soldiers on each poppy. Cressage pupil Ewan Rickard explains, “We’ve got a memorial in our hall which tells us the names of people from Cressage who were soldiers. It’s really important we know how hard it was for them and how brave they were.”
Head Mrs Cansdale adds, “Watching the children write a name on each poppy of ordinary men from Sheinton, Cressage and Cound was surprisingly poignant; some of the children have older brothers and it really brought home to them the sacrifice so many local families made.”