Sunderland school honours its own fallen hero

The late Michael Tench.
The late Michael Tench.

Youngsters and staff at a Sunderland school dedicated their Remembrance Service to a former pupil killed in action.

As the country marks the centenary of the Armistice, the pupils at Red House Academy took time out to think about Pte Michael Tench, who was killed while serving in Iraq in January 2007.

Red House pupils and Army Cadet members (left to right) Connor Dale, Brandon Cummings and Mytchell Charlton.

Red House pupils and Army Cadet members (left to right) Connor Dale, Brandon Cummings and Mytchell Charlton.

Pte Tench was a former pupils at the Rutherglen Road school.

He was just 18 when he died while on duty. He was in the back of a Warrior armoured car which was blasted by a roadside bomb in Basra.

Paula Dubbeldam, a member of staff at the school, said: “This year’s Remembrance activities were held in memory of Michael.

“It focused specifically on the role of the individual.”

It focused specifically on the role of the individual

Paula Dubbeldam

Following an assembly the whole school gathered for a two minute silence on the school yard.

This was led by the academy’s cadets, along with Joe Beattie from the Salvation Army, who played the Last Post.

Within the academy there are also ten silhouettes on display in the assembly hall which were donated to Red House through the Armed Forces Covenant.

During the assembly a group of students who recently visited First World War Battlefields talked about their experiences, including student Naven Longstaff who visited his great-great-grandfather’s grave.

One of the 'silent silhouettes' placed between pupils attending the Red House Academy service.

One of the 'silent silhouettes' placed between pupils attending the Red House Academy service.

Red House Academy pupil Callum Morley reads in French to staff and pupils during the remembrance service.

Red House Academy pupil Callum Morley reads in French to staff and pupils during the remembrance service.

Red House pupils and army cadet members.

Red House pupils and army cadet members.

Joe Beattle from The Salvation Army plays the Last Post.

Joe Beattle from The Salvation Army plays the Last Post.

Army Cadet members (left to right) Connor Dale, Brandon Cummings and Mytchell Charlton with their wreath.

Army Cadet members (left to right) Connor Dale, Brandon Cummings and Mytchell Charlton with their wreath.