World War One in 100 Words

Just before Christmas this wonderful story arrived in our inbox, and what better time to share it with everyone else?

WW1 in 100 words

Pupils at Gresham’s School in Holt had the opportunity to produce one hundred words for a writing competition the school was running on World War One, the inspiration from which was taken from the bestselling author and parent, Lucinda Riley.

Lucinda Riley, author of novels such as The Orchid House, The Girl on the Cliff and The Lavender Garden Rose had written an article entitled Flying Free, for the November edition of Reader’s Digest. Pupils were then invited to review this piece of prose and respond in one hundred words.

The winning entry came from Anna Goodwin, a Year 10 pupil from King’s Lynn, who said of the experience, “I tried to write something that would reflect the horrors of fighting in WW1 and highlight how some of the soldiers died during the war.  I love writing, so I really enjoyed producing this piece and was delighted to win.”

Anna Goodwin, competition winner.

Anna Goodwin, competition winner.

Dr Ward, Anna’s English teacher who had encouraged his Year 9 and 10 classes to take part in the competition said, “The pupils really enjoyed the exercise, both the analysis of Flying Free and writing their own stories. They learnt a lot about form, structure and economy of language.  Well done Anna! She is a talented writer.”

Lucinda Riley visited Gresham’s to present Anna with her prize of £50 worth of book vouchers, as well as a personal handwritten congratulations.

Lucinda Riley and Anna Ward

Lucinda Riley and Anna Ward


It started with Smith. He went over the top. Smoke, wire, bang, he’s rat food now. The young one, Fisher, cried all night when he found out. They were friends you see.

He went next.

Stuck his head over the top without a helmet. Bang. He doesn’t have a head now. Reid found him. Hasn’t spoken since. Couldn’t even shout “Gas!”. He died yellow along with five others.

It’s your go now. Your feet are rotten. You “go, go, go!” and you jump, you stumble, you breathe, your heart beats, and with a few black dots you fall down.

Thanks to Lisa Lowe at Gresham’s School for sharing it with us,  and to Anna for letting us publish her winning story.

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