“ Whatever you do in word or deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17


Y6 pupils have been considering what it might have meant to fight for a mother country that refused to accept you as one of its own. Britain’s First World War poets changed the way we view military conflict and had a deep impact on the national psyche. Yet the stories of the 15,600 volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment remain largely unknown. 

Pre-partition India also answered the call for help, with volunteers from far and wide; they made a huge sacrifice to give us the freedom we know today. The children have written some beautiful poetry, contrasting the lives they left behind – in countries full of heat, spices and colour – and the reality of trench warfare in Northern France. 

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