Worle teachers who died during Battle of Passchendaele remembered

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 October 2017

St Martin's Primary School commemorative centenery service at St Martin's Church, in memory of two teachers who worked at the school and who fought and died during the First World War.

St Martin's Primary School commemorative centenery service at St Martin's Church, in memory of two teachers who worked at the school and who fought and died during the First World War.

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A remembrance service was organised by a Worle school to remember two teachers who died during World War One.

St Martin's Primary School commemorative centenery service at St Martin's Church, in memory of two teachers who worked at the school and who fought and died during the First World War.St Martin's Primary School commemorative centenery service at St Martin's Church, in memory of two teachers who worked at the school and who fought and died during the First World War.

St Martin’s Primary School teachers John Durnell and Frederick Gardiner were killed 100 years ago at the Battle of Passchendaele.

A service was held at St Martin’s Church to teach the children about their bravery and to remember the school’s connection with the war.

Mr Gardiner, aged 25, was killed on the first day of the battle in Belgium, and is remembered on the war memorial at Menin Gate.

Mr Durnell was one of the first teachers in the country to receive a formal teaching degree. He was aged 30 when he died in a field ambulance at Passchendaele.

The battle was one of the last in World War One, and an estimated 585,000 men from both sides died in the conflict.

The children led the service by giving speeches about the teachers’ lives, and lighting candles.

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