Pupils’ poppy project remembers Sheffield primary school teacher

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Pupils at a Sheffield school are creating a display of 440 poppies in memory of a former teacher killed at the Battle of the Somme.

Woodseats Primary School teacher Alexander Shiell died on July 1, 1916 – the first day of World War One’s bloodiest battle – alongside hundreds of other soldiers in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment.

Pupils have now researched his story and created their own tribute around a plaque in his memory in the school hall.

The project has been inspired by the commemorative poppy artwork at the Tower of London.

The children’s display will form the centrepiece of a Fallen Fields remembrance week at the school.

Sinead Fox, headteacher, said: “The pupils have found it fascinating to research the story of a man who once taught at their school and died alongside so many others. It has brought home the history of World War One.”