Knaresborough boy in World War One link

Daniel Lack with his headteacher Christine Wray. (NAKP 13010222AM1)Picture : Adrian Murray
Daniel Lack with his headteacher Christine Wray. (NAKP 13010222AM1)Picture : Adrian Murray

A Knaresborough schoolboy is one of just 70 British students chosen to help transport soil from Flanders Fields to a new World War One memorial garden in London.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School pupil Daniel Lack, 9, will visit The Menin Gate Ypres War Memorial and take part in events alongside dignitaries in Belgium on November 11.

Staying with host school Sint-Anna in the Hamme municipality, south-west of Antwerp, Daniel is taking part in an initiative which will see a new garden built at Horseguards Parade as part of the 2014 World War One Centenary programme.

In recent weeks, 70 Belgian schoolchildren have dug up soil from battlefields which will be transported to build the London memorial.

The sand is currently being stored at Menin Gate.

Daniel’s link to the effort is through his father Chris, who is a member of the Knaresborough branch of the Royal British Legion.

Chris said: “Daniel is hugely excited.

“All these bags of sand are going to be transported through London to the memorial, it is afantastic to be involved.”

The British children will traevl to Belgium on November 9.

Both St Mary’s and Sint-Anna plan to jointly mark the Centenery next year.

No records remain of Daniel’s relative, four geenrations ago, who fought in the Great War and earned a medal, although his surname was Remy.

Daniel, who has a twin sister Nicole, will travel to London with his family ahead of the trip to Belgium.