Schools around the area took part in national Remembrance Day parades and also held their own services.

Clarendon Academy pupils and teachers laid a wreath at the Armistice Day memorial service in Trowbridge Park to remember the start of the First World War on November 11.

A film about the war was shown to the rest of the school during a special Remembrance Day assembly and a permanent field of remembrance has been made in the school garden, where pupils planted poppies.

Principal Mark Stenton said: “Remembrance is an important part of every school year, but we believe that the significance of the centenary of 1914 must be uniquely recognised.

“It is so important that we come together as a community to reflect on the enormity of service and sacrifice in war, both in the past and present.”

The hour-long assembly included poetry readings, history presentations, two musical performances and the laying of wreaths for each of the academy’s houses.

At Horningsham primary school children had a memorable Armistice Day with a service at the war memorial by sharing poems they had written about the First Woral War and the Rev Pauline Reid led a prayer for soldiers past and present.

The gathering was made really special when the children were joined by a family who had travelled to Horningsham for the day to pay their respects to members of their family whose names are carved on the memorial.

The school’s headteacher, Carole Andrews, said: “They shared their family stories, giving the children a touching and human perspective of the war.”

The school’s head girl, Elouise Hogben, said: “I felt more connected to the significance of the day with the family there and knowing service families myself.

“The family laid their poppy wreath alongside the ones the children had made. To add to the moving service, the school music teacher Mr Gundry played The Last Post on the trumpet after a two-minute silence.

In Chapmanslade the whole primary school took part in a moving commemoration of the 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Pupils gathered around the beautiful art installation for a two-minute silence: the cross was decorating by poppies made by each child, thanking and reflecting on the ultimate sacrifice of soldiers to protect our liberty and peace.

The children than sang Peace Perfect Peace and read a famous WWI poem.