World War One prose brings awards for city schoolgirls

Samantha Brash collects her award.
Samantha Brash collects her award.

Two local schoolgirls have been awarded prizes for pieces of writing about World War One.

Samantha Brash, who is in Year 10 at Our Lady’s Catholic College, won the Western Front Association’s Armistice Prize for the Lancashire north region.

The competition had more than 90 entries and Samantha’s winning contribution comprised a poem, artwork and a short biography of a fictional soldier.

Samantha was presented with the beautiful Armistice Prize trophy, a book on World War One and a cheque for £100 for her outstanding entry. The school will hold the Armistice Prize trophy for a year and it will be on display in the entrance hall for all to see.

This is a miniature Portland Stone Cenotaph similar to that in Whitehall.

Three area prizes were also awarded in the form of a book and cheque for £25, and these included Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School pupil Penny Beveridge, who followed in the footsteps of previous LGGS girls by scooping the award for west and north Lancashire, for her piece ‘My Family Through The Great War’.

Penny’s entry was based around the impact of World War One on her own family’s history, which was inspired by a recent visit to the war graves of some of her relatives in France.

Penny said: “I am delighted to have received this award. I remember talking to my grandpa about ideas, and I eventually came to the conclusion of creating an artwork with accompanying writing that would consider and describe the impact of the Great War on families. It occurred to me, whilst I was researching, that almost every family in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, as well as many other countries, would have been affected.”

Harry Yearnshire, LGGS head of history, said: “One of the objectives of the Western Front Association is to educate the public in the history of the Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.”