Friday 11 November was a very special day at North Lakes School. In a fascinating and moving assembly, we learned about the story of the “Lonsdale Pals”, a WW1 battalion raised locally by Lord Lonsdale of Lowther Castle, and the tragic events that befell them on the first day of the Somme. After their first day of battle, of the 800 men who attacked, 500 men and 23 officers were not there for the roll call the next morning.
The children then learned more about four individual soldiers from Penrith, researched by Years 5 and 6, who lost their lives in World War 1, and we were all amazed to see the enormous list of over 200 lives lost in Penrith in the Great War.
The children listened to poetry, sang beautifully, and laid a wreath in assembly, before four children from Year 6 walked with Miss Rollings to St Andrew’s to represent the school in the Remembrance Ceremony there.