Memorial scroll is presented to church by Sleaford school

William Alvey school pupils presenting a scroll of the pupils that died in the First World War, to St Deny's Church. From left - Hazel Moran 5, Sophie Parsbo 7, Erin Clifford 11, Rev Philip Johnson, Stephen Tapley - head teacher, Beryl Risdell - bishop's visitor for Alvey School, Paige Hobbs 9 and Jacob Pope 8. EMN-170316-152336001
William Alvey school pupils presenting a scroll of the pupils that died in the First World War, to St Deny's Church. From left - Hazel Moran 5, Sophie Parsbo 7, Erin Clifford 11, Rev Philip Johnson, Stephen Tapley - head teacher, Beryl Risdell - bishop's visitor for Alvey School, Paige Hobbs 9 and Jacob Pope 8. EMN-170316-152336001

A dedication ceremony for a plaque and scroll to commemorate the 72 former pupils of Sleaford’s William Alvey School who died in the Great War was led by Father Philip Johnson of St Denys’ Church.

‘Project 72’ saw pupils researching names originally on a special scroll unveiled in 1922 on Empire Day (May 24).

Over the following years the scroll was lost until current Alvey children unearthed all the names.

With artist David Mackie, they designed and made a permanent bronze memorial set in the school wall as part of the wider When in Sleaford heritage trail. A copy of the plaque, printed on a new scroll, was presented to the church, then pupils walked the trail.

The scroll and memorial echo the Vicar’s words from 1922: “Greater love hath no man than this that a man may lay down his life for his friends.”