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Local school’s ceremony to respect their fallen old boys


This year being the 100th since the end of WW1, local schools have been encouraged to make their Remembrance events very personal as they trace the stories of their lost soldiers.

With the support of Livewire and Culture Warrington, many schools have been finding out about their special ex pupils who sadly made the ultimate sacrifice.

A truly remarkable event is taking place at 13.30 on Friday 9th November at the Padgate Cenotaph. Oakwood Avenue and Christ Church schools have researched two of their fallen old boys and will be holding a special service in their honour.

The two groups of school children will walk from their respective schools to the Cenotaph to remember all the soldiers who attended our two schools and lost their lives during WW1 & WW2. The groups will be led by two veterans of our armed services dressed in WW1 uniforms of a soldier & nurse.

Children from both schools tell story of Harry Kenwright & John Ratcliffe and lay a wreath made in the school by their names on the cenotaph.

Harry Kenwright from Oakwood Avenue was in the Irish Guards and died in April 1945 in Germany when his Sherman tank was hit.

John Ratcliffe attended Christ Church school and fought with the South Lancs and finally the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in France in October 1918.

Both men lost their lives with only a month left of their respective conflicts.

Everyone is invited to join the schools to remember two brave young Warrington men who lost their lives so tragically.

school Remembrance

Harry Kenwright died 2.4.1945

school Remembrance

John Ratcliffe died 10.10.1918


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