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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'.

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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.

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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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First World War Centenary School Report: The story of Edgar Mobbs

ITV News Anglia has been working with schools in the region to produce items looking at the First World War.

Northampton School for Girls have come up with a report about Edgar Mobbs, a soldier who was determined to do his bit for King and country and with a passion for a particular sport.

Petition to honour battlefield nurse

Edith Cavell was shot by a German firing squad

Relatives of a Norfolk-born nurse sentenced to death for saving the lives of hundreds of soldiers during the First World War will deliver a 100,000-strong petition calling for her to be commemorated on a new two pound coin.

Edith Cavell was known as the nurse who "saw no sides" because of the life-saving care she gave Allied troops and soldiers from the Axis powers alike.

But she was betrayed, arrested for treason and shot by firing squad in 1915

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