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Royal Newfoundland Regiment honours British school for commitment to First World War graves

1 Battalion RNR Commanding Officer Lt.-Cmdr. Kyle Strong (left) joined with Steph Neale, head teacher at Beatrix Potter school, as they unveiled a plaque and story boards that will be placed around the classroom that will be used for training and instruction by the regiment. The classroom is being dedicated to the faculty and students of Beatrix Potter School in Wandsworth, London, U.K., who, since 2003, have tended and remembered the First World War members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment buried in a cemetery next to the school.
1 Battalion RNR Commanding Officer Lt.-Cmdr. Kyle Strong (left) joined with Steph Neale, head teacher at Beatrix Potter school, as they unveiled a plaque and story boards that will be placed around the classroom that will be used for training and instruction by the regiment. The classroom is being dedicated to the faculty and students of Beatrix Potter School in Wandsworth, London, U.K., who, since 2003, have tended and remembered the First World War members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment buried in a cemetery next to the school. - Joe Gibbons

In a Friday morning ceremony at the Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander W. Anthony Paddon building on The Boulevard in Pleasantville, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (RNR) and Garrison St. John’s dedicated a classroom in recognition of continued efforts by students and faculty at Beatrix Potter School in England to remember fallen members of the regiment buried at Wandsworth Cemetery in London, UK.

Since 2003, the school has conducted twice-annual Remembrance services and placed poppies on the graves of regimental soldiers who were treated at the military hospital in Wandsworth during the First World War before succumbing to their injuries and being buried in the adjacent cemetery.

The school has adopted “Our Newfoundlanders” as the17 regimental soldiers and nurse buried there have come to be known and dedicated an area in their school to research, displays, photographs and artifacts.

 In 2018, students and faculty from the school made the trek to Newfoundland to learn more about the soldiers and took part in various commemorative RNR events such as marching in the July 1 Memorial Day parade with the RNC and meeting the families of “Our Newfoundlanders.”


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