Great Ballard School marks Remembrance Day with painted poppies

Painted poppies in the grounds at Great Ballard
Painted poppies in the grounds at Great Ballard

A SCHOOL lawn has had poppy artwork from pupils planted in it to mark Remembrance Day.

Great Ballard School held its annual Remembrance Service in St Margaret’s Church, Eartham.

Great Ballard students mark Remembrance Day

Great Ballard students mark Remembrance Day

Head teacher Richard Evans described the church as ‘enchanting’ and perfect to reflect on the lives given by old pupils.

The service was attended by parents, staff and pupils.

As well as remembering all the old pupils who gave their lives during second world and reading out the Roll of Honour, this year, to mark the 100th anniversary of events in Gallipoli in 1915, the head teacher spoke about Sir John Millbanke, VC, to whom there is a memorial in the Church.

Sir John’s family lived in Eartham House, now the home of Great Ballard, in the 19th Century and he was the tenth Baronet of Halnaby.

Great Ballard students enter the church

Great Ballard students enter the church

When he was 27 years old and a lieutenant in the 10th Hussars, British Army during the second Boer war, despite being severely wounded himself, he rode back to the assistance of one of his men whose pony was exhausted and who was under fire from some Boers.

Sir John Milbanke took the man up on his own horse under fire and took him safely back to camp. For this, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He then served as a lieutenant-colonel of the Sherwood Rangers and was killed in action at Suvla, Gallipoli, Turkey, on August 21, 1915, and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

The service included the congregation singing “Make me a Channel of your Peace”

The lawn in front of the school had been planted with giant-sized poppies – art work that the pupils had created.

Mr Evans said after the event that he was very moved by the service and that it was important for pupils to continue to respect those who had given their lives and to do all that they are able to do to help towards a peaceful world in the future.

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