Marching with the Isleworth 390

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This year’s Remembrance Sunday’s Act of Memorial was a moving occasion. Fittingly, but unusually in recent weeks, the sun shone throughout. Beyond the usual parade, 390 students from the Green, Gumley, Isleworth and Syon, Blue, Isleworth Town and Worple schools took part, each representing one of the soldiers whose names are on the war memorial. Each wore a sash with ‘their’ soldier’s name on it.

Attending the service was an original and moving experience for me representing one of the men who did not return.” – Elizabeth

I felt really proud to represent a solider called H.N. Biggs and felt happy to be one of the 390 children chosen. The marching was really fun and it was the first time I have done it.” – Ruby

“I was very keen to be selected to represent a service man who died in the first world war, and fortunately was. I felt very proud to be part of the service and to be with all the other children. It made me think about what it must have been like for those men who lost their lives and how fortunate I am to live in a safe place today. It is something that will stay with me and I shall never forget the experience.” – Ollie

I felt honoured to walk in the name of D Gearon. During the procession I thought about what he must have been through and what it would mean to him to know that he is remembered to this day. What impacted me most was the number of people who marched for these men and all who stood by the roadside to pay their respects. It made me wonder what their families must have gone through, to lose fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends to the war. I felt that in some small way I had served a purpose, that this man was represented on this very special Remembrance Sunday by me.” – Lily-Mae