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Pupils to lay poppies at service to honour village’s 25 fallen heroes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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SCHOOL children will lay poppies against memorial plaques and trees dedicated to soldiers who died serving their country.

Eight pupils from Hilton Primary School and relatives of the men will carry out the honour on August 4, in memorial woodland in the village.

The occasion will mark the start of the village’s commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak.

The 25 men who will be honoured also include Second World War and Falklands War soldiers.

Military historians Ros Darlington and Richard Sherratt have spent two years researching the men whose names are on the Lich Gate roll of honour in Marston.

They told the Mail they were delighted they could trace some of the men’s relatives.

Ms Darlington said: “This is the culmination of two years of research.

“It has been fascinating and we feel that we now know these men better than our own families.

“It can be grim because there are not many happy endings, but we have enjoyed their stories and where the research has taken us.”

Head teacher of Hilton Primary School Kevan Lomas said the children would also research men from the village as part of their school studies.

He said: “Studying the war will make the war more real for them.

“History can sometimes be abstract but this will personalise it and make it a very powerful experience.”

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