Special football tournament remembers the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers

Pupils taking part in a special football match to mark the centenary of the Christmas truce of the Great War.
Pupils taking part in a special football match to mark the centenary of the Christmas truce of the Great War.

A friendly football match with a difference was held at Calderdale College on Monday, when girls and boys football teams from Parkinson Lane and Salterhebble played each other to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Christmas truce of the Great War.

The event began with a reflection of the contribution played by Britain and its empire in the war, followed by a roll call of soldiers who had links to Salterhebble and Parkinson Lane. There was a minute’s silence before the schools played two friendly matches.

David Horsfield. a teacher at Parkinson Lane Primary School, said: “The invaluable contribution of the Indian army, who at one point in early 1915, held over a third of the British front line, has through time

been unrecognised. It is important that our children are aware of the sacrifices they made for us, as well as those by individuals such as Basil Addison, a former pupil of our school, who was badly wounded in the war.”

He added that it was sobering for the children to hear of the large number of relatives of staff who fought and died in the war.

The afternoon brought parents and children from different Calderdale communities together in a communal act of remembrance.