The Elizabethan pays tribute to our Heroes

The Elizabethan Academy pays tribute to our Heroes

Students and staff from The Elizabethan, along with members of The Royal British Legion and other local dignitaries, paid homage to those who served during WW1 in a special ceremony in Kings Park, Retford on Thursday 10 November, in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.

One of the Elizabethan’s talented historians, Daisie Ellis, was a winner in a recent poetry competition run by the National Memorial Arboretum.  The competition was launched to commemorate the Battle at Delville Wood where only one Hornbeam was left standing.  Daisie’s poem was praised by the judges and the school became the proud owners of its very own Hornbeam.


Staff and students at the Elizabethan decided that this special tree should be shared with the wider community and so, with the help and support of Bassetlaw District Council and the Royal British Legion, the tree was planted in Kings Park for all to see.

The ceremony was a poignant experience for all who attended.  Local historians Judith and Tony Goodall said: “We would like to say how much we enjoyed the event. You must be so proud of the pupils, especially Daisie. We have spoken to several people who were there and everyone has agreed that it was a most moving experience.”

A reception at Retford Town Hall followed and the Elizabethan Drama Club put on a performance, which depicted how local boys and men were conscripted during WW1 and what it was like for them during the Battle of the Somme.  At the end, they remembered and paid tribute to all those who were killed in action.

Academy Principal, Christine Horrocks, said: “It was an honour and a privilege to be part of such a moving event.  Our students have really done us proud.”

The Academy would like to take this opportunity to thank:

  • Bassetlaw District Council for allowing us to plant the tree in Kings Park and the use of the Town Hall
  • The Royal British Legion for their donations of the wreath, badges and Somme crosses and for all their help and support with the ceremony
  •  The Worksop branch of The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, the Assistant Mayor, local councillors, dignitaries, academy governors and all veterans and their families
  • E Hurton and Son Ltd for donating the memorial stone
  •  Judith and Tony Goodall in particular for their overwhelming support, knowledge and memorabilia of the Somme.