This year, in November, the nation will commemorate the World War One Centenary – a century since the guns fell silent across the battlefields in 1918.
As part of this, working with the Royal British Legion, and the Surrey History Centre , East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah says he is determined to honour the sacrifice made by the people of East Surrey with the launch of a new campaign – 100 Years On: Remembering East Surrey’s Role in the Great War.
MP Sam is inviting pupils from primary and secondary schools to enter a competition to create a piece of imaginative work about East Surrey in the Great War – it could be a poem, a diary entry or even a painting.
Their designs could be placed in a book of remembrance that would be stored in the Surrey History Archives forever and pupils would be invited to a special reception in the Houses of Parliament.
Mr Gyimah said: “I want to honour the brave men of the East Surrey Regiment who signed up when their country came calling and served so gallantly, receiving some seven Victoria Crosses and many other commendations. I too want to remember the families left behind in Caterham, and Lingfield, and towns and villages across East Surrey, who had to keep calm and carry on with so much uncertainty, they were the backbone of the war effort.
“With this campaign, I hope to remember all those who gave their tomorrow for our today and, with the help of pupils in our schools, create a lasting legacy, where 100 years from now, our children and our children’s children still remember the sacrifices made by all those in East Surrey.”
The pupils could write a poem, a diary entry, paint a painting, a poster or even come up with their own creative way to commemorate East Surrey’s role in WW1. The only rule is that is has to be linked to East Surrey. For example, they could be a soldier of the East Surrey Regiment writing home, or painting what they miss from home while at the front, a poem about how beautiful East Surrey is compared to the trenches…all ideas are welcome.
The winners will have their entries displayed in a special commemorative book that will be placed in the archives at the Surrey History Centre for future generations to see. The winners will also be invited to a special reception in the Houses of Parliament, hosted by Mr Gyimah, where they will receive their own copy of the book and given a tour around the House of Commons and the Lords.
The deadline for all entries to be considered is Monday, October 15 with the winners being announced shortly after that.
Please send all entries via post to:
Sam Gyimah MP
House of Commons
Please ensure the name of the pupil and their age are included with the entry.