Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Somme Centenary Celebrations

"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them."

OSCA will today join in with schools across the country in marking the Centenary Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 100 years ago today a total of 19,240 British soldiers lost their lives in just one days fighting as part of what was known as The Great War.

The following poem was written by OSCA pupil Alex to remember all those who fought in the 'Great War':

For those who lay.
In Flanders fields where the poppies grow,
In the bleak mid winter there filled with snow
The crosses lay upon the hill,
People stops and stare at a standstill
Men that fight live in fear,
As they look back at friends and shed a tear
Death leaves heartache that no human can heal,
However love leaves memories that no man can steal
Poppies are important as they have meaning,
For the sweet families that are grieving
The petals are red and the centre is black,
All people want is there fellow men back
STOP for a moment, stop the crime,
Please give up just two minutes of your time
Why oh why do we fight each other,
for now the living have to suffer
For this poem came from the heart,
Just grabbed a pencil and began to start
Soldiers young, soldiers old,
Stood up tall, brave and bold
Rest in peace to those who died,
Lay in Flanders filled with pride.
We will not forget.


The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,246  missing British Empire servicemen, who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France.