Western Front Association
The Western Front Association


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 Competition Results

By the closing date of 1st August 2016 three schools had submitted a total of 17 entries, which was a disappointing reduction on 2015 when 4 schools submitted 55 entries. Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe were visited to collect 7 entries which were portable and to photograph 2 other entries; St Cecilia’s  High School, Longridge were also visited to collect 4 entries which were portable and to photograph 2 others whilst Oakhill School, Whalley delivered their 2 entries.

The winning entry submitted by Isabelle Pugh of Oakhill School, Whalley was a 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. For her work Isabelle was presented with a book (H.P. Willmott's "WORLD WAR 1"), a cheque for £100 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. Oakhill School will hold the trophy for the coming year.


Isabelle Pugh

With Winning Entry, Trophy and Book in School Principal's Office


Marking indicated two other entries obtaining the same score marginally lower than the winner and it was therefore decided to award two area prizes.  Grace Rushton of Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe deserved the award of the East Lancashire area prize for her work entitled WW1 + Trenches’  and Isabel Bruce of St Cecilia’s RC High School, Longridge deserved the award of the Central and South Lancashire area prize for her work entitled WW1.  They each received Willmott’s book and a £25 cheque.

GraceRushton IsabelBruce
Grace Rushton
Isabel Bruce


Following a review in the light of the number of entries in 2015 and 2016 it has been agreed the competition will continue for 2017 and 2018 in order to cover the centenary period of WW1 after which a further review will take place.  For 2017, the first prize will be the trophy award to the winning school and the winning entrant will receive £50 plus book. In addition there will be three area book prizes available. The areas are: Central and South comprising the districts of Chorley, Preston, South Ribble and West Lancashire; West and North comprising the districts of Blackpool, Fylde, Lancaster, Wyre and part of Cumbria; and East comprising the districts of Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

In addition to information given above about prize winning entries since 2008, an information note has been produced which explains the marking arrangements, the methodology in determining prize winners and gives a summary of the competition outcomes, including marks attained each year since 2008.

Submission of Entries:

-         Entries can take the form of poems, essays, news articles, artwork, reports of visits, drama, videos and others from eligible pupils.

-         Eligible pupils should normally be in years 9 and 10 but submissions can be from pupils in other year groups if the school feels the entry to be particularly worthy.

-         Entries should be sent by the Head of History, or equivalent to competition@wfanlancs.co.uk.  If it is not possible to email the submission because of its nature, then details of the submission should be described and arrangements will be made for it to be considered.

-         Entries can be made at any time up to the closing date of 1st August 2017.


As for previous competitions each entry will be awarded 20 marks for the following:

  1. Content
  2. Structure
  3. Presentation
  4. Reasoning/understanding and
  5. Grammar/diction

giving a total potential mark for each entry of 100

This should fairly cover the vast majority of submission types mentioned above.  However special consideration may be necessary for a submission that is entirely artwork or for any other submissions that do not lend themselves to the marking scheme envisaged.

Details of the winning entries will be made available to the press so that they can consider using them to help mark the anniversary of the Armistice.

With the media attention given to WW1 as the centenary of the Armistice approaches it is hoped that the competition is of interest to more schools and we look forward to receiving entries. 

Any queries can be sent to the email address above or contact Terry Dean (Tel: 01772 864182 or Mob: 07866 493210).