Leeds school’s tributes to fallen soldiers

Pupils Kaidan Sugden and Kieran Robson at the rededication of the World War one memorial in the hall at Castleton Primary School.

Pupils Kaidan Sugden and Kieran Robson at the rededication of the World War one memorial in the hall at Castleton Primary School.

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pupils at a Leeds primary school have paid tribute to their community’s fallen heroes.

Youngsters at Castleton Primary School, in New Wortley, watched on in pride as their school’s war memorial was re-dedicated to remember dozens of soldiers who fought for their King and Country during the First World War.

The plaque, which bears the name of 80 local men, was placed in Castleton in December 1919.

Pupils at the school have spent time researching the history of the conflict which saw just 47 members of the Leeds Pals battalion return to the city.

Money from local councillors helped to pay for the re-dedication of the memorial.

And with the help of local historian, Ron Hartley, the pupils purchased photographs and the medals of two former Castleton Primary School brothers, Harry and William Pinkney. By an amazing coincidence, the Pinkney brothers are distant relatives of one of the current Castleton Primary School staff Graham Jones.

Speaking of the discovery Mr Jones said: “I am delighted to discover this link to my family, it is incredible to find out that Harry actually went to Castleton and now I work here.”

Year four class teacher Lisa Gleadhill added: “This is an incredible learning opportunity for our children to bring voices of the past back to life.

“We are proud to participate in the re-dedication of our memorial.”

Children, parents and community members attended the re-dedication ceremony which was held this week.

The children sang songs, shared poems and read out the names of the war dead on the memorial.

The medals and photographs will be proudly displayed alongside the memorial in the school hall.

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