Battle of the Somme Memorial July 2016

Year 8 student Daniel Cullen was last week involved in a memorial service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 


Daniel played the Last Post on the bugle at the service at Otley’s Memorial Garden on Friday, 1 July, the day the First World War battle began - one of the bloodiest battles in history.  Local Councillors have expressed their thanks for a “haunting” performance.


The below film was released by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. In line with the 2 minute silence we observed on 1 July 2016, the poignant film was shown during form time.


“Throughout July, students in year 8 have been learning about the importance of the Battle of the Somme in our recent history. As part of this, all Year 8 students took part in a commemorative assembly where Mr. Davies spoke about the impact that the battle had on his own family. On 1 July, the 100th year anniversary, our whole school community were shown the short film above. All staff and students also took part in a 2 minute silence. Year 8 student, Daniel Cullen played a significant role in the Otley commemorations led by Father Lawrie, by playing the Last Post and Reveille. When asked about the importance of the event, Daniel said that he was ‘humbled to unite everybody in one commemoration of the service of great men’. Year 8 are still invited to enter the St. Mary’s Humanities Somme 100 Competition encouraging them to research their own family or local links to WW1, all entries to be entered by Wednesday 20 July.”
— Miss M Carlin, Humanities Faculty Leader, St. Mary's Menston