Armistice Day Tribute by Holly Smith
With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, I felt it was of great importance to honour my late Grandad and his role as a corporal in the Army Cadet Force. Recently, I visited France as one out of a thousand cadets, as part of a battle armistice. I had the opportunity to visit the French grave yards in Longueval. Out of the four grave yards we saw, there were over 5000 grave stones of the boys and men who sacrificed their lives in WW1, a vast number of them being unknown. I couldn’t help but feel extremely saddened at the great significance WW1 had in many peoples’ lives and it really affected me personally with my grandad having fought in WW2. After visiting such a beautiful place I know its past will stay with me forever, along with all the names of the soldiers I had seen, especially of those who had come locally from the place we call Manchester.
Year 11’s Head Girl- Holly Smith