TWO local soldiers who fought and died in the Great War will be remembered in a special ceremony.

Schoolchildren from Little Bollington Primary School will lay poppy wreaths in memory of Lance Sergeant Arthur Woodhouse of Gladstone Road and Private Leonard Walsh, both who served with the Cheshire Regiment during a poignant school trip.

Private Woodhouse was only 22 when he died, and is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery and Lance Sergeant Woodhouse’s name is on Menin Gate.

Wreaths have been made from some of the poppies on a beautiful display in the grounds of the school to mark Remembrance Day last year.

The wreath laying will bring to a poignant close the school’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One.

The 29 children set off for the school’s annual visit to France today, but this year to coincide with the centenary commemorations will be going over to Belgium.

Children started learning about the Great War following a trip to The Lowry to watch War Horse.

They also performed Make Me a Channel of Your Peace on handbells during the commemorations at Dunham Massey.

Headteacher Caroline Johnstone said: “As part of our trip we have managed to change the itinerary to include visits to Tyne Cot and Menin Gate.

“The children have been very moved by what they have learnt. We started researching information about local soldiers who had served in the First World War.

“These two soldiers are local to the area and it brings it home to the children them what happened.”