'Lest We Forget' - Year 8 History Research Project

Poppy (Year 8) wrote:

As part of our History homework in Term 2, we were asked to research the name of someone who fought in World War 1, either from our own family or from a local war memorial. We were then asked to complete their details using a silhouette of a soldier for a commemorative display.

We were asked to do this as our act of remembrance and to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 in 1918. I went home and told my dad what I had to do, and he told me that his great, great uncle Lewis Francis Starmer, was in the Army Cyclist Corps. Lewis was just eighteen years old when he joined the British Army in 1914, the year the ‘Great War’ started. Sadly, he died on the 3rd April 1918, just seven months before the Great War ended.

Lewis was in the ‘Army Cyclist Corps’; his role in WW1 was delivering messages to different bases of soldiers, on a bike, and sometimes he used his binoculars to spy on the enemy. Unfortunately, he was shot in the chest, near his heart, whilst cycling on his bike. At the time of being shot, Lewis had a map of Northern Europe in his breast pocket.

I then discovered in a box of the following items; Lewis’ medals from WW1, letters to his parents informing them that Lewis had died in the war and where he was buried, a map that was in his pocket when he was shot in the chest, (you can even see the hole where the bullet went through), as well as photos of him with his family.

I had a look at his medals, and then did some research and discovered what each medal was awarded for. For example, he received the ‘1914-1915 Star’ medal, for service in specified theatres of war between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915. I then shared my family’s story and the box of artefacts in a lesson.

Lewis didn’t have any children, or even get married, and he died very young. However, we will always remember those who died and fought in the war, including Lewis Francis Starmer, 1896-1918.