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1.1 million Commonwealth Service men and women were killed during the First World War. The losses were felt in almost every town and village in the UK and throughout what was then the British Empire.

In memory of those who lost their lives, students and staff of Rivington and Blackrod High School have, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, created this website to remember former students and members of our Horwich and Blackrod community who were involved in the war.

Our students have spent time at the Menin Gate War Memorial in Belgium and have dedicated time to explore the impact that the war had on their community, remembering with dedication each fallen service man and women.

We hope that this website reflects the work that the students and staff have done to explore, commemorate and remember the centenary of the war and those who gave their lives in the Great War.

Latest Project News

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    Memorial Service featured in the Bolton News

    An article for our memorial service has been featured in the Bolton News, featuring images of the students laying the wreath and information about the Rivington Remembers project.   http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/boltonnews/11590903.Students_remember_the_fallen/    

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    Rivington Remembers

    On Friday afternoon at 1.15pm, students, Old Rivingtonians, staff and families of the former soldiers and members of the school community came together in remembrance of the 23 soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War. The service was led by the Reverend David Griffiths and 23 crosses, one for each soldier were laid… Read more »

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    Year 7 lead primary school session

    As part of the Rivington Remembers project, a number of year 7 students worked with 20 year 5 and 6 students from a local primary school to run a World War 1 workshop. The students were in charge of different sections of World War One, ranging from Recruitment to Weaponry. They did an exceptional job… Read more »

  • Students Attend Old Rivingtonians Service

    A number of the students in the project were last weekend invited to attend the Old Rivingtonians Association service to assist with the commemoration of the former pupils who died in the Great War. The students loved the experience and were given the chance to read the names of the former students, as well as… Read more »

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    Project featured in the Bolton News

    The excellent work of our students on this project has been recognised and featured in the Bolton News. Their excellent commitment and work over the summer school can be seen in the article below:   http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11409240.Rivington_and_Blackrod_pupils_explore_impact_of_World_War_One_on_community/  

Battlefield Visits

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    2014 Battlefield Trip

    Thirty seven students, four teachers and one memorable experience. We visited many sights: memorials and cemeteries, seeing the mass devastation that the First World War caused. Each sight showed a different story and we were familiarised with many stories personal to different people, places and families. We experienced a range of emotions and truly understood… Read more »

  • Pupil Reflection 2014 – Afreen Arif

    The Graveyard that stuck in my mind the most has to be Langemark. This was the German graveyard. In the graveyard there were trees surrounding the perimeter, these trees hung low putting a dark shadow over the Cemetery.  The graveyard was soulless, depressing and really an eye opener. When you first enter the graveyard, there… Read more »

  • Pupil reflections 2014 – Teresa Fletcher

    The first graveyard we went to was Tyne Cot, which is the biggest war cemetery (it has over 11,000 burials). The feeling you get when you see row upon row of headstones is indescribable however there is a lot of grief in the air. In lessons, on TV and on the internet all you see… Read more »

  • Pupil Reflections 2014 – Atika Akram

    During my time visiting all the places around France and Belgium I learnt that the reality of it was worse than I could ever imagine. In school, we are only given a number of the casualties. But, once you witness it for yourself; the rows and rows of dead soldiers, hit you with the hard… Read more »

  • Pupil Reflections 2014 – Zack Doogan

    On the Tuesday we went to a French cemetery called Notre Dame de Lorette. It was raining which showed us what horrible conditions soldiers had to fight in during the war. It was astonishing how large the cemetery was and the number of the dead. It showed me the sacrifice made by people during the… Read more »

Featured Articles

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    Rivington Remembers

    On Friday afternoon at 1.15pm, students, Old Rivingtonians, staff and families of the former soldiers and members of the school community came together in remembrance of the 23 soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War. The service was led by the Reverend David Griffiths and 23 crosses, one for each soldier were laid… Read more »

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    Year 7 lead primary school session

    As part of the Rivington Remembers project, a number of year 7 students worked with 20 year 5 and 6 students from a local primary school to run a World War 1 workshop. The students were in charge of different sections of World War One, ranging from Recruitment to Weaponry. They did an exceptional job… Read more »

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    Conclusion of the Summer School

    The successful ‘Rivington Remembers’ Summer School has come to an end. Throughout the week pupils have sought to gain more information about World War One and its impact on the school and the local area. Pupils have handled artefacts, designed trenches, visited the Imperial War Museum, filmed in Bolton Museum and worked hard on producing… Read more »

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    2014 Battlefield Trip

    Thirty seven students, four teachers and one memorable experience. We visited many sights: memorials and cemeteries, seeing the mass devastation that the First World War caused. Each sight showed a different story and we were familiarised with many stories personal to different people, places and families. We experienced a range of emotions and truly understood… Read more »

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    Rivington Remembers Summer School Underway

    The summer project of Rivington Remembers began on Monday 4th of August to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of World War One. Pupils have already been involved with designing trenches, handling artefacts and designing memorial resources to mark the centenary.