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Burnley pupils honour the war dead

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Sixty-six wooden crosses were laid at a Burnley war memorial as a tribute to the local men who died during the First World War.

Pupils from St John’s RC Primary School, Burnley, honoured 66 soldiers from St John’s Parish by placing the wooden crosses at the foot of the Towneley Park Memorial.

The tributes are part of the “Little Children Weak” project ahead of the Great War centenary commemorations in August.

In total, there will be 4,212 crosses representing Burnley and Padiham men who died in the First World War. Each one bears the name of a soldier who laid down their life.

Deputy headteacher, Mrs Sarah Price, said: “The tributes meant a lot to the pupils who made their way down to the memorial. They each adopted two soldiers each and placed the wooden crosses.

“Whilst at the site, there were some lovely conversations with pupils recognising where some of the soldiers lived and they acknowledged that they were young, handsome men with families who were killed in the conflict.”

 

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