Pupils Design Logo To Commemorate The Battle Of The Somme

School artwork has inspired a logo for Battle of the Somme centenary events. 

The logo, which will feature on all ‘Soar to Somme’ events across 2016, is based on a number of designs by pupils at Maplewell Hall School, in Woodhouse Eaves. 

The students, working with Leicestershire County Council’s Heritage Lottery-funded Century of Stories project, were encouraged to design a logo to be used by all organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire who are marking 100 years since the First World War battle. 

Mel Ison, Maplewell’s Assistant Headteacher said “our pupils have been totally engaged with the Soar to Somme commemorations. Our pupils enjoyed meeting Leicestershire World War One experts and working together inspired them in many different ways. 

“I am very proud of the pupil achievements as well as the standard of work that they have created. The enthusiasm shown by all involved is a real mark of remembrance to the Battle of the Somme and we are very proud to be a part of this project.” 

The final design brings together poppies from many of the pieces, along with a water droplet linking the River Soar in Leicestershire with the River Somme in France. 

Murray Colville, Chairman of the Leicestershire World War One reference group, said “The commemoration of the battle of the Somme is so significant that we wanted to raise awareness with a specially designed logo. The pupils at Maplewell did a fantastic job of helping us to achieve the final design.” 

It is hoped the logo will raise awareness of events taking place throughout the year to commemorate the thousands of lives that were lost at the battle in 1916. 

For more information on this, and other First World War commemorations taking place across the city and county, visit www.thegreatwar-leicestershire.co.uk. 

For more details on the Century of Stories project visit