Living Memory aims to raise awareness of war memorials across the country during 2016 – the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. There are 300,000 war graves and memorials across the length and breadth of the British Isles.
As part of the project, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has worked with Year Six students from Wilbury Primary School in Edmonton on an educational study into four British & Commonwealth servicemen buried at Tottenham Cemetery.
The group’s findings were presented at the event on Wednesday, when Belgian international midfielder Mousa laid a memorial wreath on behalf of the Club and the Last Post was observed during a Minute’s Silence held by all in attendance.
It kicks off a campaign of activity the Club is delivering in support of this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, focused around our Premier League home match with Leicester City at White Hart Lane on Saturday, October 29.
Serving members of the Armed Forces will be invited to the match at which respects will be paid prior to kick-off and a fundraising drive for the charity will be held.
The team will also wear special-edition shirts emblazoned with a Poppy during the North London derby at Arsenal on Sunday, November 6, which will be signed by the players and auctioned off after the game to raise further funds for the Legion.
Mousa said: “The Club places huge importance on remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Armed conflict and it takes on added significance this year with it being 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.
“It is great that our Foundation has been able to work with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to educate our local young people about such a big part of this country’s history.
“It is also important for me to represent the Club at Tottenham Cemetery to pay my respects and we shall be doing so with our fans before the match against Leicester on October 29, as well as helping raise money for a fantastic cause.”
Living Memory is run in partnership between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Big Ideas Company. Big Ideas CEO Virginia Crompton said: “A huge thanks to staff and pupils of Wilbury Primary and Tottenham Hotspur FC for a fantastic effort to remember those buried here in Tottenham Cemetery.
“This is the centenary year for the Footballers’ Battalion, and marks 100 years since they fought at the Somme. We hope the example of Wilbury Primary and Tottenham Hotspur FC will inspire others to join the project. Email us to take part at firstname.lastname@example.org.”