Youngsters with their colourful medals. Picture: Paul Tibbs

The story of four West Norfolk brothers who served in the First World War, with only two surviving, was the inspiration for school pupils marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Youngsters at South Wootton Junior School heard all about teacher Ellie Newell’s great, great, great uncle, Walter Easter of Bircham, who was shot in the throat but survived and continued to serve during the war.

Children in year four, aged eight and nine, created a medal each from card and paint which they thought Mr Easter would have been proud to receive today.

Miss Newell said: “I told them about my great, great, great uncle who served in the war and they were fascinated by his story.

“They put a great deal of time and effort into making the medals.

“I think Walter would have felt their respect for him come through in the medals they made.”

Mr Easter’s brother Percy also survived but siblings Robert and Sidney were killed.

The whole school took part in activities, with children also creating poems about the war and artwork showing soldiers in fields of poppies.

Guest speakers visited the school, including the author of a book about the First World War.

And children had the chance to see and handle historic artefacts from the conflict, such as helmets, photographs and letters received by troops on the frontline.

The school will now be displaying all the children’s efforts in a dedicated area outside.