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Repton youngsters help to raise awareness of fallen war heroes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

  • Graves of the fallen at St Wystan's Church, Repton

  • Pupils from Repton Primary School at the grave of four members of the Eaton family, who all fell in the First World War

  • Olivia Dale lays a tile at the foot of a grave with Reverend Martin Flowerdew.

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FALLEN soldiers from a South Derbyshire village who served in the First World War have had their graves marked by youngsters from a nearby school.

Year 6 pupils from Repton Primary School, in Springfield Road, each painted a tile to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war and placed them beside the graves of each soldier in the grounds of St Wystan's Church. Reverend Martin Flowerdew was also on hand to provide information on each of the fallen soldiers, who were all from Repton and the surrounding area.

He told the Mail: "In total we've got 20 graveyards here for men who gave their lives in the war. We also believe there are other soldiers from Repton who died fighting for their country and are buried elsewhere. We've done some research and are trying to find out more about those soldiers so that they can be remembered."

One of the most poignant graves in the yard marks the burial spot of four members of the Eaton family, who all lost their lives during the Great War.

Danny Robb, 11, from Repton said: "I wouldn't say it's been enjoyable to learn about what happened because it's upsetting but it has been really interesting. I can't imagine what it must have been like for the men who fought. What they went through is something we shouldn't forget."

Felicity Norcross, also 11, from Burton added: "It's good because many of these men chose to fight for their country. They weren't forced into going and did what they felt was right. It's been an interesting experience learning about them"

Reverend Flowerdew added that he hopes that the tiles being placed on the graves of those who were killed in the conflict will encourage members of the public to come forward and pay their respects alongside a number of other events taking place throughout the UK to mark one hundred years since the war broke out.

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