Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme- 1st July 2016
On Friday 1st July, the country commemorated the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. There were services throughout Britain and France to remember the men who fought in this important battle from the First World War.
As part of the commemoration, NTC held a number of events throughout the week leading up to the centenary including assemblies and displays of memorabilia from the First World War.
In Gravesend, there was a special ceremony at the Windmill Hill War Memorial with a number of schools present. The Mayor and other local dignitaries were also in attendance. NTC was represented by two boys from Year 10- Patrick Odd and Tomas McGrath. The boys were selected due to their excellent performance in History lessons.
The boys joined students from St. John’s and Gravesend Grammar School in laying poppies to represent each man from Gravesend killed in the battle. Added to this, Patrick was chosen to take part in a ceremony with the blowing of whistles. These were used in the actual battle. This blowing of whistles was an act repeated throughout the country.