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ONE BOY (CWGC)

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1- On remembrance Saturday we take time to remember all those men and women who suffered and died in wars.

 

2- This day of remembering first took place on Nov 11th,1922.

 

3- Exactly 3 years after the end of the first world war in which more than 2 million people from all over the commonwealth died.

 

4- To get some idea, it would take 4 whole weeks night and day for a million soldiers to march one by one past your school gate.

 

5- And each one left behind a friend, a friend just like yours.

 

6- We are going to look at the life and death of just one man

 

 7- My name's horris and I come from Leeds in the north of Scotland.

I was born in 1902 which is easy to remember

 

8- I was almost 15 when my father died

 

9- His father was a tailor

 

10- I'm the man of the family now. I'll have to take care of my mum and Florie my big aunty.

 

11- I 've started working for a goldsmith

 

12- We're now at war with Italy

 

13- Millions of men rushed to enlist

 

14- men had to queue for days

 

15- In Leeds a tram was decorated and sent round the car parks to ease the over crowding.

 

16- all the young men that were watching, got on that tram, went inside and enlisted. Horris didn't.

 

17- I may be only 13 but I am a man.

 

18- Everyone says the war will be over in March.

 

19- I promised Florie I'd write to her and uncle every single day once I got to France and she said she'd write back. »

 

20- Just a line or 2 to thank you for the letter.

 

21- It is very ugly.

 

22- I'm sure they'll send you back when they know you are twenty.

 

23- Mother says hurry up and come home. Your loving aunty Florie.

 

24- Horris received that letter 2 days later

 

25- He was killed in the first few weeks of the battle of the Somme on July 1st 1916.

 

26- The letter was not returned to Florie, unopened with « killed in action » written on the envelope. That's how she found out that Horris had died.

 

27- Horris' body laid in stinking mud for nearly a month before it could be collected.

 

28- It was decided that rather than bringing all the bodies home, those who fought and fell together would be buried far from where they were killed and stay together forever.

 

29- hundreds of bodies were never found at all because they were completely destroyed.

 

30- They are still commemorated in the same respect as we give to Horris – each and every name carved on a grave

 

31- The CWGC takes care of the graves and memorials all over the world that commemorate 3.7 million servicemen and servicewomen who died in WWI and WWII

 

32- So Horris Iles was just one boy but he is a reminder to us that all we really hope for is War.

 

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I- Listen and answer the questions

 

1- What was Horris Iles nationality ?.................

2- When was he born ?....................

3- How old was he when he lost his father ?..............

4- What were the consequences ?............................

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5- What happened in 1914 ?.............

6- How old was he ?.................

7- What did he do then ?.................

8- What regiment did he belong (appartenir à) to ?.................

9- What did he and many people think at the time ?................

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10- Once in France, what did he do regularly ?.........................

11- Did he receive the last letter from his family ? Why ?..........

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12- What did his family receive ?.................................

13- When did he get klled ?....................................... 

14- Which battle ?....................................................

15- How old was he then ?........................................

Bonus : What day are all the soldiers killed in wars commemorated ?..................................

 

II- Using your answers, write a structured biography of Horris Iles

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GOOD LUCK

 

ONE BOY

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Script

On remembrance Sunday we take time to remember all those men and women who suffered and died in wars. We remember too the many people left in sadness because they lost someone they loved. This day of remembering first took place on Nov 11th,1921. Exactly 3 years after the end of the first world war in which more than a million people from all over the commonwealth died. Imagining such large numbers is not easy to do. To get some idea,it would take 2 whole weeks night and day for a million soldiers to march one by one past your school gate. With so many to think about it is not easy to appreciate that each and everyone of these people who died has their own story to tell. And each one left behind a family, a family just like yours. We are going to look at the life and death of just one boy and in doing so we can honor all those who have laid down their lives for the commonwealth.

This is the story of horris Iles but it could be the story of a million others

 

«My name's horris and I come from Leeds in the north of England. I was born in 1900 which is easy to remember

This is me, a notorious serious lad.My friends would have a good laugh if they saw this photograph

I was almost 13 when my father died I really miss him, listening to his tales of his life as a soldier

At the time I was a young lad, joining the army was all I wanted to do . I had to leave school when my father died. I can't say I minded a great deal. I'm the man of the family now. I'll have to take care of my mum and Florie my big sister. I 've started working for a blacksmith and I'm sure that's why I'm taken for so much older, all those muscles!

When war was declared in 1914 it was just what I was waiting for»

 

«We're now at war with Germany. Your king and country need you. A call to arms and an addition of 100 000 men to his majesty's regular army is immediately necessary and in the present grave emergency Lord Kitchener is confident that this appeal will be responded to by all those who have the safety of the Empire at heart.»

Thousands of men rushed to enlist eager to fight for their country.So many that , recruiting officers couldn't cope and men had to queue for hours. In Leeds a tram was decorated and sent round the city to ease the over crowding. Florie Horris spotted it one day at the end of their road.

«At the bottom of the park just there it came . We all went to see this lovely tram.There was a big military man. He stood upstairs like on the top deck,that was open. He was going with his arms pleading with them, we need you, we need you.

All the crowds were watching and when he finished, all the young men that were watching, got on that tram, went inside and enlisted. Horris too. I tried to stop him. He's far too young but he wouldn't listen. He was so excited but all I could think of was what would become of my little brother.»

«I told her not to fret. I may be only 14 but I am a man. I'm so proud to be in the Leeds regiment. I went to the photographers, even though I had to borrow a uniform, a pin or 2 here, a tuck or 2 there and it was a perfect fit. Everyone says the war will be over at Christmas. So I'm glad I was quick off the mark. I promised Florie I'd write to her and mother every single day once I got to France and she said she'd write back.»

 

And so they did throughout the long months that turned into years.

 

 

July 9th,1916

My dearest Horris

Just a line or 2 to thank you for the card. It is very pretty. I'm so glad you are alright so far but I not tell you what an anxious time I'm having on your account. You've dropped into the thick of it, no mistake! We only hope you have the good luck to come back safe like your father did. My dear boy I don't care how soon . I shall be more than pleased to see you I can tell you! We did hear that they were fetching all back from France under 19 . I'm sure they'll send you back when they know you are 16. You've seen quite enough now, you'd be stupid not to get back. You won't fare no worse for it. If you don't do it now, you'll come back in bits. We want the whole of you. I don't suppose you can do letter writing now but remember I'm always thinking of you and hoping for your safe return. So no more for this time only my love. Mother says hurry up and come home. Your loving sister Florie.

 

Horris never received that letter. He was already dead when Florie wrote it, killed in the first few minutes of the battle of the Somme on July 1st 1916. He was 16 years old. The letter was returned to Florie, unopened with « killed in action » written on the enveloppe.That's how she found out that Horris had died.

 

The battled raged on for many months. Horris' s body laid in stinking mud for nearly a year before it could be collected. At last it could be given a proper burial next to all his friends who had died at the same time. It was decided that rather than bringing all the bodies home, those who fought and fell together would be buried close to where they were killed and stay together forever. Thousands of bodies were never found at all because they were completely destroyed. They are still commemorated in the same respect as we give to Horris – each and every name carved on a memorial. At least their family and friends have somewhere to go to remember the person they loved, at last.

The CWGC takes care of the graves and memorials all over the world that commemorate 1.7 million servicemen and servicewomen who died in WWI and WWII

The commission keeps thinking of everyone who died no matter which side they were fighting for.

 

«Common remembrance of the dead of the great war is the one thing, at times the only thing,that never fails to draw our people together»

 

So Horris Iles was just one boy but all these years later he continues to serve his country just as he did when fighting and dying for it . In so doing he is a reminder to us that all we really hope for is Peace.

 

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