Moray school pupils mark centenary of World War I with poignant RAF Lossiemouth event

Pupils from Aberlour Primary School learn about technological advances since World War I.

Hundreds of Moray school pupils have taken part in a moving event to remember the sacrifices made during World War I and the developments since.

Children were invited to RAF Lossiemouth yesterday to recite poetry, display artwork and perform songs inspired by the conflict.

Eight schools were at the air force base to take part in the “Never Such Innocence” roadshow, which is touring the country.

Military personnel demonstrated to the youngsters how technology and the ways of working have advanced in the last century.

This year marks the centenary of the end of World War I and also the formation of the RAF.

Group Captain Jim Walls, station commander at RAF Lossiemouth, explained that the youngsters could see the legacy from the war at the Moray military base.

He said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for the school children to show their work as part of the World War I commemorations.

“In this year, the RAF’s one hundredth anniversary, it is especially appropriate that the children could visit us to see how we have developed over the last century into the dynamic, robust force that protects UK airspace.”

Pupils from Forres Academy showcased a touching collage they had created to commemorate the events during World War I.

Meanwhile, students at Aberlour Primary School and Gordonstoun recited poems they had written themselves.

All the children got to get up close to Typhoon jets that are stationed at RAF Lossiemouth to learn more about the history of the squadrons.

Lady Lucy French, great-grandaughter of Field Marshal Sir John French, who commanded the British Expeditionary Forces from 1914 to 1915 and founded Never Such Innocence, praised the involvement from schools in Moray.

She said: “As we enter the final centenary year of the war we wish to encourage more young people than ever before to take part in our commemorative events.

“We are thrilled to bring it to RAF Lossiemouth and to see such continued support from the local communities.”