Linlithgow Academy’s personal tribute to fallen

linlithgow academy poppy
linlithgow academy poppy

A permanent memorial garden to 29 former Linlithgow Academy pupils who died in World War One is to be unveiled.

As the nation pauses to remember all its war dead, including those who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914 to 1918, staff and pupils have been designing and creating a new memorial to be placed in the school quad.

It will be completed on Tuesday, November 11 – Armistice Day, which saw the end of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.

The plan for a permanent memorial in the school developed from curriculum work as pupils investigated the impact of World War One on Linlithgow and its residents.

A personalised, acrylic poppy will be ‘planted’ for each of the former pupils of who died in the conflict. There will be a special ceremony at 1.30pm on Tuesday to complete the memorial, designed in conjunction with the school’s autism unit.

The garden will then be seeded with real poppies between the acrylic ones.

A school spokesman said: “Over the next four years different departments will be studying aspects of the Great War, including cryptography, modern languages, the Christmas truce and art and design.”