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‘It’s the end of the battle but not the end of the story’ First World War remembered in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 16:32 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 18 September 2018

The return to the Battlefield project was created by Gerry Tann and has involved making more than 600 wooden soldiers, for every fallen soldier in the First World War, from the West Norfolk Borough. Pictured is Gayton Primary School pupil Isabella (7). Picture: Ian Burt

The return to the Battlefield project was created by Gerry Tann and has involved making more than 600 wooden soldiers, for every fallen soldier in the First World War, from the West Norfolk Borough. Pictured is Gayton Primary School pupil Isabella (7). Picture: Ian Burt

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A project to immortalise West Norfolk’s 620 First World War fallen is nearing fruition.

A wooden soldier commemorating each of then is being placed in Tower gardens, by King’s Lynn’s war memorial.

More than 100 tributes were laid by primary school children yesterday as part of a day’s learning about the conflict, which ended on November 11, 1918.

Gerry Tann, 73, president of the Middleton branch of the Royal British Legion and veteran of the Royal Tank Regiment was proud to finally see his vision come to life. He said: “This is marvellous, better than my highest expectations.”

The children from Gayton Primary School, King’s Lynn, were also offered a range of activities focusing on soldiers from WW1 who lived in King’s Lynn.

The return to the Battlefield project was created by Gerry Tann and has involved making more than 600 wooden soldiers, for every fallen soldier in the First World War, from the West Norfolk Borough. Picture: Ian BurtThe return to the Battlefield project was created by Gerry Tann and has involved making more than 600 wooden soldiers, for every fallen soldier in the First World War, from the West Norfolk Borough. Picture: Ian Burt

Year five pupil Ruby Skerry said: “Today we have been doing different activities and we coloured in wooden soldiers we are going to put them in the garden.”

Year six school-mate Cameron George said: “Our soldier was called Chamberlin, he died trying to help an injured person to safety. I felt sad because so many people were dying when they didn’t deserve too.”

Teddy Sutton-Walford, from year, six said: “We’ve been learning about Dobson. As Germans were running he went to shoot them with a machine gun but he got shot.”

Tyler Pooley, also year six, said: “My soldier was called Chapman he was 22 when he died and he was one of three brothers in the war. I know that two of the brothers died and one was still alive”

The return to the Battlefield project was created by Gerry Tann and has involved making more than 600 wooden soldiers, for every fallen soldier in the First World War, from the West Norfolk Borough. At the war memorial the children placed the soldiers into the ground. Picture: Ian BurtThe return to the Battlefield project was created by Gerry Tann and has involved making more than 600 wooden soldiers, for every fallen soldier in the First World War, from the West Norfolk Borough. At the war memorial the children placed the soldiers into the ground. Picture: Ian Burt

Head teacher Niamh Allitt said the trip was the beginning of a school project on the war.

“We have 110 children here today and It’s been super,” she said. “The day has been so well organised. Its great to find out about the World War One heroes from King’s Lynn.”

In eight weeks it will be 100 years since the end of the Great War and Mr Tann believes it is important that the younger generation are taught about the sacrifices made.

Mr Tann said: “What they are doing now, I think is wonderful. It’s coming to the annniversary of the end of World War one and what we must not do is forget it. This is the end of the battle but this is not the end of the story. We must never ever forget it”

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