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Amazing Kitchener maize maze to mark WW1 centenary

An amazing maize maze in the shape of Lord Kitchener.
An amazing maize maze in the shape of Lord Kitchener. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Twelve acres of Cambridgeshire countryside has been transformed into a maze which from above is in the shape of the First World War's Lord Kitchener as part of the conflict's centenary commemorations.

The Lord Kitchener Maze at Wimblington was opened by his great great niece Lady Emma Kitchener-Fellows who is married to actor novelist and director Julian Fellows ,creator of ITV's Downton Abbey.

Its first guests included children from Thomas Eaton School in Wimblington who helped plant 60,000 poppies as part of a school project.

The owners of the maize maze say visitors will have to navigate the pathways of the World War One centenary maze and find ration stamps to put in their mess tins.

The maze at Wimblington between March and Chatteris in Cambridgeshire is open until September when the maize is harvested.

School holds centenary cricket match

1914 First XI
The cricket team from 1914 Credit: Gresham's School
First XI
Gresham's current first XI cricket team Credit: Gresham's school

A North Norfolk school is holding a centenary cricket match as part of its First World War commemorations.

The match is taking place exactly 100 years to the day of a match between Gresham's school in Holt and a team of "Old Boys".

The idea of the match on the exact anniversary of the 1914 game is to reconnect the current school community with 1914.

The match is due to start at Gresham's Senior School at 13.30pm and is free for people to go and watch.

Gresham's First XI will take on a North Norfolk XI team. It's hoped to raise some money for "Walking With the Wounded" and "North Norfolk Young Carers".

Of the 24 players who took part in the match on the 18th July 1914, 11 lost their lives in the First World war.

In total Gresham's lost 107 students and 3 members of staff by the end of the conflict.

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First World War Centenary School Report: Kingsley Primary School

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Our latest tale was sent in by 10-year-old Eloise Griffiths from Kingsley Primary School in Northampton.

Like so many people trying to find out about war veterans in their family, Eloise knew very little about her great-great-grandfather, who worked as a clicker, cutting out leather at one of the town's famous shoe factories.

So we sent her out with a camera and armed with just a name, an address, a job title and a few photos.

With the help of a few other people, she has been able to trace the story of John Wright - soldier and clicker.

Click below to watch John Wright's story

First World War Centenary: The story of John Cunningham

Here is the latest of our 'First World War Centenary- 'School Reports' - the stories sent to us by children from across the region who wanted to tell you about something they had discovered.

This one was brought to our attention by Rosie Grant, a 15 year old student at 'County Upper School' in Bury St Edmunds and a famous song from the time. This is the story of 'John Cunningham'.

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Southfields Primary School in Peterborough

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Southfields Primary School in Peterborough wanted to tell us about Jimmy the Donkey, who was brought back from wartime France to live in their town.

They hold a special ceremony to remember Sergeant Jimmy each year and want the animals who played their part in the war to get special recognition.

Click below to watch the full report:

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Mersea Island School in Essex

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

In our latest school report, pupils from Mersea Island School in Essex tell us about pilot Edgar and his best friend Mick who liked to travel everywhere together.

The tale has now been made into a book which is being used to help school children learn about the first world war.

Click below to watch the full report:

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School Report: 'Henry Allingham'

At ITV Anglia we've also been marking the centenary of the First World War with our weekly School Reports, joining up with school children across the region. This week's story is about a well known soldier who fought in the Great War... but told in a slightly different way.

This is the 'School Report' sent to us by the Year 8's at 'Hellesdon High School' in Norfolk and it's about 'Henry Allingham'.

School Report: 'The Thankful Villages'

Here's our next look back at a local story from the First World War selected and told by schoolchildren from across the region.

We all know about the huge losses incurred in the First World War. But what you might not have heard about are those rare places in the country that did not lose a single life during the conflict.

They are known as the Thankful Villages and the Anglia region has six of them:

  • Culpho and South Elmham St Michael in Suffolk.
  • Strethall in Essex.
  • Puttenham in Hertfordshire.
  • East Carlton and Woodend in Northamptonshire.

This School Report was sent to us by Year 8 at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles in Suffolk and it tells the story of the Thankful Villages.

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