MP John Healey has dedicated a cross in Parliament’s Remembrance Garden to the 39 Old Wathonians who were lost in World War II.

The Wentworth and Dearne MP made the dedication after seeing Wath Academy’s Remembrance display.

The school has placed 39 poppies on its railings to thank and remember the 39 pupils that died serving in the armed forces during World War II.

Wath MP and Shadow Defence Secretary, John Healey, said: “I noticed the display as I drove past the school and thought it was a fitting tribute to the memory of those students from Wath that were killed fighting for their country during World War II.

“I’m proud to dedicate my cross in Parliament’s Remembrance Garden to those brave 39 ‘Old Wathonians’.

“As we approach Remembrance, we must support young people in remembering so they can take ownership of Remembrance in the future.”

Poppy display at Wath Academy

The school’s Remembrance display is part of Wath academy’s centenary commemorations with a number of different events being held throughout the year to celebrate 100 years of teaching in the community.

Wath Academy Head Teacher, Liam Ransome said: “It’s a real honour to have our former students remembered in Parliament’s Remembrance Garden this year.

“At Wath Academy we believe it’s important to remember and learn from the past as our students look forward to their future.

“Our Remembrance display is part of our centenary celebrations which have been a great way for the school and the community to come together and commemorate 100 years of serving the Wath area.”