war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


Exhibition 2006 - Children's Corner


There were many children's activities - here's a
soulful lass planting nasturtium seeds for the
Garden of Remembrance


Below are pictures for colouring, with notes

little girl with watering can
poppies with butterfly


Poppies are a symbol of death and rebirth. They became the symbol of remembrance for the Great War when they were found growing on the battlefields of the Western Front. Canadian doctor John McCrae, who himself died there, immortalised them in his poem beginning:

"In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses row on row."

Biscuits and Jam

Biscuits and jam are in reminiscences from both wars. In the Great War a sapper stated that on Christmas Day the ration was two biscuits, a tin of bully to four, and a tin of jam to seventeen men. Young private Jack Banks, in the Second World War, remarks that he became sick of biscuits and jam, having eaten them for more than six weeks. In both wars the Women's Institute pickled and bottled to preserve home-grown produce, fighting back against enemy blockades of food.

Jam is mentioned in the title song of "Oh What a Lovely War"

"Oh, oh, oh what a lovely war,
what do we want with eggs and ham
when we've got plum and apple jam?"   

jar of jam and biscuits on a plate
the castle on the white cliffs

The White Cliffs of Dover

This refers to the well-known song of the Second World War, sung by many but normally associated with Vera Lynn. The White Cliffs were a symbol of home and also of the was as they were deeply entwined with images of Hellfire Corner and the stalwart British. The song invokes the time when peace will return.

"They'll be blue birds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see." 

The pictures were created especially for the exhibition by Bruce. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art, and is currently working as a visual merchandiser and illustrator of children's stories. . 

a word search



And of course a word search.

Some children enjoyed searching for the answers to these questions about our casualties - maybe you will too!

who was in the RAF?
who won the Victoria Cross?
on which ship did Allan sail?
who else was on the ship?
who was a famous football player?
who was a school teacher?
who had seven sons and seven daughters?

The answers can be found on the information panels for each casualty.




Copyright 2006 Marilyn Stephenson-Knight. All Rights Reserved