Children speak of pride over fallen fighters

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage plants a poppy in the memorial garden at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport. Pictures: Sarah Standing (143093-6082)
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage plants a poppy in the memorial garden at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport. Pictures: Sarah Standing (143093-6082)
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Today people paused in silence to remember the thousands who died in conflicts across the globe.

Reporter Ben Fishwick spoke to young pupils who have learnt about the two world wars

Schoolchildren have spoken of their pride and admiration for the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives during two world wars.

10/11/2014 (BF)''Year 6 pupils at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport, organised a remembrance service on Monday as part of a topic on WW1 and WW2.''Pictured is: Children during the service.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143093-3164) PPP-141011-174020001

10/11/2014 (BF)''Year 6 pupils at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport, organised a remembrance service on Monday as part of a topic on WW1 and WW2.''Pictured is: Children during the service.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143093-3164) PPP-141011-174020001

It comes as millions of people today held a two-minute silence marking the end of the First World War, which started 100 years ago.

The Armistice Day silence will begin with a boom as an 18-pounder gun is fired at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill.

Yesterday at a much quieter and understated memorial, veterans were moved to tears as pupils in Gosport held a remembrance service at a primary school.

Aidan Smith, 10, summed up the mood of the gathered veterans, politicians and parents at the service at Woodcot Primary School in Bridgemary, Gosport.

10/11/2014 (BF)''Year 6 pupils at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport, organised a remembrance service on Monday as part of a topic on WW1 and WW2.''Pictured is: Royal Navy Association member Tony Rowan who laid a wreath during the service.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143093-6068) PPP-141011-174142001

10/11/2014 (BF)''Year 6 pupils at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport, organised a remembrance service on Monday as part of a topic on WW1 and WW2.''Pictured is: Royal Navy Association member Tony Rowan who laid a wreath during the service.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143093-6068) PPP-141011-174142001

The Year 6 pupil said: ‘They were very courageous to fight and give away their lives for us for the future.

‘I feel proud that they’ve done it and they should be proud of themselves.’

His year have been learning about the Great War and the Second World War since September. The entire school gathered in the rain as dignitaries planted poppies at its new memorial garden.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, members of veterans’ associations, serving sailors and Hampshire education boss councillor Peter Edgar planted the poppies.

10/11/2014 (BF)''Year 6 pupils at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport, organised a remembrance service on Monday as part of a topic on WW1 and WW2.''Pictured is: The Reverend Karen Mitchell during the service at the school.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143093-3156) PPP-141011-173831001

10/11/2014 (BF)''Year 6 pupils at Woodcot Primary School in Gosport, organised a remembrance service on Monday as part of a topic on WW1 and WW2.''Pictured is: The Reverend Karen Mitchell during the service at the school.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143093-3156) PPP-141011-173831001

Nobby Clarke, chairman of the Gosport Royal Navy Association, thanked the pupils at the poignant ceremony.

He said: ‘A few of us were in tears. It’s nice to see youngsters actually remembering us. They are interested.

‘It makes a good change to what you hear about the youth of today.

‘It’s nice that they are thinking about what’s happened before and they’re not forgetting about it. It’s good to keep it alive.’

The children learnt about and wrote war poetry, heard about the Blitz in the Second World War, did craftwork and learnt about the Christmas Day truce in 1914 in which German and British soldiers paused fighting to play football.

Ms Dinenage was impressed with the pupils.

‘It was a very touching service but actually the fact they’ve done their garden is special,’ she said.

‘They’ve got a bench children can go and sit at.

‘It’s been a great learning experience for them, they’ve learnt a lot.’

And the service was appreciated by serving sailors who attended the school from HMS Collingwood in Fareham, including Able Seaman Michael Dyer.

He said: ‘It’s a great honour.

‘It’s nice to see the generations remembering those that have fought in the wars.

‘It’s a great thing to see that they are taking part, making poppies and learning about what people in the past have done for us.’

The service comes after Remembrance Sunday events were held across the area.

A select few went to the service at the Cenotaph in London. That included Lieutenant Commander Debra Vout, 48, from Fareham, the first female officer of the guard to lead the navy there.

Cub leader Lisa Young from Gosport and Scout leaders Richard Smith and Kaylee Gualt from Waterlooville also attended as part of the Queen’s Scout Working Party.