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Remembrance Day with Pilgrim Academy

On Friday 11 November, Pilgrim Academy had a visit from Reverend Julie of St Andrews Church Immingham to deliver a Remembrance assembly.

The children were able to tell Reverend Julie that we stop on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, to remember those who fought and lost their lives during the wars. They also explained to her how we remember the animals who also lost their lives by wearing a purple poppy.

Reverend Julie talked to the children about some of the people from Immingham who fought in the war. She told them about a man called Joe Burton who came to live in Immingham with his mother and 3 brothers. All the brothers joined the army together and in 1917, Joe was sent to France to fight in the war. Unfortunately, in 1918, Joe died at the age of 21. His body was never found and he doesn’t have a memorial, much like millions of others who died in the war. She also told us of some of the people who are buried in the grounds of St Andrews church from the war, including Fred Miller. Fred was in the Navy, based at a town called Fogo in Newfoundland, Canada. He was a minesweeper, clearing the mines from the sea. He also died in 1918, but was brought back to Immingham and was buried at the church.

There is also a dog called Travis buried in the grounds of the church. Travis was used to sniff out mines in Afghanistan, he was then brought back to Immingham. He used to visit the cenotaph in Immingham each year on Remembrance Day wearing the medals that he received for his bravery in the war.

The children had their 2 minutes silence, then some showed their artwork, poppies and wreaths to Reverend Julie.