Remembering 100 years on


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A Bradford academy marked the First World War Centenary year earlier this week with a special ceremony held on the school grounds.

Pupils from Hanson Academy planted 30 trees to commemorate those who had previously attended the establishment yet lost their lives in battle during the Great War.

Tree saplings were donated from the woodlands trust, and were planted at the school’s conservation area by more than 50 students, as a sign of respect to the fallen.

MEMORY: Teachers and pupils planted trees earlier this week at Hanson Academy in memory of 50 former students who died in the First World War

MEMORY: Teachers and pupils planted trees earlier this week at Hanson Academy in memory of 50 former students who died in the First World War

A plaque, with the names of 50 soldiers, was also unveiled at the site by Allan Irving Hillary, director at the nearby Undercliffe Cemetery, where not only the brave soldiers lie, but also the founder of Hanson Academy.

Geography teacher, Ismail Ghani, began working at the academy in September and explained how the project came about.

“I wanted to start a project whereby the whole school and the wider community could take part,” he said. “It has been a fantastic day.

“We have had a range of different people come down, from councillors to stars from the television who have actually come in and spent time working with the kids and I think it is fantastic what geography club has achieved in its first event.”

2014 marks 100 years on from the start of the First World War where more than one million service men and women.

Amongst them, were a number of former schoolchildren who had attended Hanson Academy, and Mr Hillary added how important it was for the youth to continue honouring this important period of time.

“It is these pupils here today who will be tasked with remembering what they have learnt about these soldiers who died fighting for the country in the Great War,” he said.

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“The school is very actively engaged with the cemetery and is currently helping us to try and research the soldiers mentioned on family graves at Undercliffe Cemetery.

“Pupils also put poppies on the graves once a year and at our Remembrance Day service they have provided a bugler.”

Special guests at the ceremony also included the Make Bradford British stars and local ward councillor, David Grey.

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