Western Front Association

The Western Front Association

ARMISTICE PRIZE

One of the objectives of the Western Front Association (WFA) is to educate the public in the history of the Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.  At a national level in the WFA, branches (of whom the North Lancashire branch is one) have been encouraged to engage with schools to promote interest and knowledge of the Great War.

The Armistice Prize was introduced by the North Lancashire Branch of the WFA to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice in 2008. Since its introduction the Armistice Prize Trophy and "Area" prizes has been awarded as follows:

2008:  Armistice Prize trophy presented to Lindsay Donikey from St Cecilia’s, Longridge for her poem.

2009:  Trophy awarded to Dane Smith from Bispham High School for his Soldier’s Diary and Jessica Hale of St Cecilia's, Longridge was awarded an Area prize for her poem.

2010:  Trophy awarded to Sadie Rimmer from St Cecilia’s, Longridge for her poem.

2011: Trophy awarded to Stacie Byers from St Cecilia's, Longridge for the diary of a soldier at the Front and his daughter at home.

2012: Trophy awarded to Hayley Jarvis from St Cecilia's, Longridge for her folder containing sections on: facts/figures, poetry, life in the trenches, weapons, the Vimy Memorial, poppies, a relative who was killed and medals. Area prizes awarded to Megan Kelly of Lancaster Girls Grammar School for her poem and to Liam Watkinson of Balshaws CE High School, Leyland for his model of a WW1 gas mask.

2013: Trophy awarded to Alice Burns of Tarleton Academy for her booklet describing trench life and related topics.  It was dedicated to Alice's Great Great Uncle Harry Adams who Died of Wounds on 9th September 1918. Area prizes awarded to: Matilda Hadcock of St Cecilia's, Longridge for a folder about her Great Grandfather; Emma Cutting of Lancaster Girls Grammar School for her critique of WW1 paintings and her own artwork; and Eli Smith of Ribblesdale HS, Clitheroe for his piece about his Great Great Uncle.

2014: Trophy awarded to Samantha Brash of Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster for her artwork and poetry (two black/white sketches of iconic images of WW1), with a short biography of a fictional soldier. Area prizes awarded to: Alexander Liptrot of St Cecilia's, Longridge for his three poems with related illustrations; Uzma Shaed of Haslingden High School for her WW1 booklet; and Penny Beveridge of Lancaster Grammar School for her 'My Family through the Great War' which is an account of her family's service in WW1.

2015:  Trophy awarded to Laura Priestley of St Cecilia's High School, Longridge for her folder entitled the 'A-Z of WW1'.  Area prize awarded to Charlotte Rycroft of Lancaster Girls Grammar School for her entry entitled 'Remembrance' which is an account of a walk by Charlotte around Lancaster visiting sites of relevance to WW1.

2016:  Trophy awarded to Isabelle Pugh of Oakhill School, Whalley for her large hand drawn map of the Ypres Salient on which she had placed notes and photographs relating to the 3 day cycle tour by staff and pupils from her school.  Area prizes awarded to:  Grace Rushton of Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe for her work entitled WW1 + Trenches’  and Isabel Bruce of St Cecilia’s RC High School, Longridge for her work entitledWW1.

2017:  Trophy awarded to Holly Hindley of St Cecilia’s High School Longridge for her booklet entitled “WW1” which described some of the war’s main events and features. A prize was also awarded to Hannah Stevens of Ribblesdale High School for her trench model.


2018 Competition Results

By the closing date of 1st August 2018 two schools had submitted a total of 28 entries.

The winning entry submitted by Bethany Holland of All Hallows High School, Penwortham was a booklet entitled “World War 1” which described some of the war’s main events and features.  For her work Bethany was presented with a cheque for £50, a book (Ian Westwell’s “The Complete Illustrated History of World War 1”) and the Armistice Prize trophy. This is a miniature Portland Stone Cenotaph similar to that in Whitehall which was made and donated by Stone Essentials of Rossendale.  All Hallows High School will hold the trophy for the coming year.

Bethany Holland with trophy and book

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Also the marking indicated the entry by Amie Gregson of Ribblesdale High School in the form of a trench model deserved to be recognised and she was presented with Westwell’s book.

Amie Gregson

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2019 COMPETITION

Following the Centenary of the Armistice there are currently no plans to operate the competition in 2019 and beyond.

Any queries about the competition can be sent to me at wfacompetition@yahoo.co.uk or contact me by telephone

Terry Dean, Competition Organiser: Tel 01772 864182 or Mob 07866 493210