Why Did It Start?


Decisions made world wide.

They all enlisted with great joy.

"Join together, fight together," they said.


They got to the battle under grey, gloomy skies.

They fought bravely for their country,

They saw thousands die.

The terror of snipers, field guns and even rats.

They did all this to save lives?


They wrote letters of death to their families:

All cheerfulness gone,

Happiness nowhere.


Afterwards the first sign of life:

A poppy.

Millions grew on the battlefields

To remember the fallen

And lives lost will be remembered.

Why did they do it?









2016 – by Hugh Brown

of St Paul’s Primary School, Scotforth, Lancaster

(Hugh is Moira Black’s grandson; Caroline is his mum)