Wimblington soldiers remembered by school children

Laying Wooden Crosses at Wimblington War Memorial, by youngsters from local school's.'Rebecca Wong (11) laying her cross (former pupil of the village school) ANL-140811-122955009
Laying Wooden Crosses at Wimblington War Memorial, by youngsters from local school's.'Rebecca Wong (11) laying her cross (former pupil of the village school) ANL-140811-122955009

Primary school pupils have laid wooden crosses to honour the Wimblington men who went to war but never returned.

Thomas Eaton School children were joined by former pupils to lay crosses around the village war memorial to remember the sacrifice of First World War soldiers.

Youngsters from the school embarked on a project last summer to learn more about the men listed on the memorial.

Using genealogy websites and parish records, the children researched the 25 Wimblington men who died during the First World War.

Using medal cards, war records and census returns, the children were able to build a clear picture of each soldier, where he lived, his job and who he left behind. Family trees were created for every soldier, many of whom spent their school days in the same building as their modern counterparts.

Teacher Sue Mayern said: “The census returns fascinated the children. They provided them with so much information and by the end of the research the children were referring to these men as real people. They became ‘their’ soldiers’.”

The children laid wooden poppies, provided by The Royal British Legion, around the war memorial and Thomas Eaton Parent Teacher Association presented each child with a centenary coin.

Plans are underway to present their research to March Library and The Cambridgeshire Archives at County Hall.