Thursday, 12 June 2014

The Men who Fought in War. By Lauren Williams

A man went to war
hoping for some fame,
some fortune,
to have medals under his belt.
The man went to win the war.
All he thought
while he fought
was about the fame.
But then one night
The explosion went off
and killed the man who fought in war.
And when he died
the fame didn't matter anymore
as he died
he thought about his family-
thought hard
and wished his family could hear his message:
'Darlings, I am lost-
but keep cheering on the men who
are still fighting.
Let's win this war!
But remember, the fame doesn't matter anymore.
Remember that, my dears'.
Let's remember this:
that fame doesn't matter,
friends and family do.
Let's remember the men
who fought for US
so we could have freedom-
so the next generations could live on.
They died selflessly,
those men.
I'm not asking for you
to die for King and Country,
I'm asking you-
Let's remember them.
The men who fought in war.
Let's wear our Poppies with pride.
Let's look at these Poppies
and think of them
as the souls of the men
who fought in war and
died for us.
Let's wear them
next to our hearts
where they belong.
The men who fought in war.
By Lauren Williams (Year 7)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Great Wyrley's visit to the National Memorial Arboretum-by Ryan Gardner & Lalita Bhatia

We went to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war. Around 29 of Year 9s and 10s visited because it’s been a century since First World War began. We walked around the Arboretum and visited many memorials of names of endless soldiers who died in the many wars we’ve had.
The memorials were trees or plaques but one in particular was of a numerous posts where soldiers were tied to and then shot. This was their punishment for apparently deserting their post and were killed for ‘cowardice’. Many were suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as ‘Shell-Shock’ back then, and many not even old enough to be part of the army. This made you feel a big wave of sympathy for the men, no older than us, who thought the army would be a ‘big adventure’ but instead their lives came to a sudden end.

The visit made me understand just how many people die because of warfare and how many different memorials there are.
By Ryan Gardner

Going to the Arboretum made me feel sad because it makes you realise how many people actually died, it actually makes you realise how lucky we are.
By Lalita Bhatia