Thirty five students, accompanied by Mr Payne, Mrs Mudd, Mrs Blayney and Mr Blackabey, were privileged to go on an historical and utterly moving trip to Ypres in Belgium and the Battlefield of the Somme in France. The trip was particularly relevant to the students who are focusing on ‘Cause and Conflict’ and ‘Health and the People’ at the moment in their History GCSE.
Various historical sites were visited including the Passchendaele Museum, Tyne Cot – the largest British Cemetery in the world, Langemark German Cemetery. Students also took part in the daily Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, a memorial to those with no known grave in the Ypres area. Some students were able to find relatives that they had researched and they laid individual crosses and wreaths on the Ypres Salient and the Somme.
Students were able to visit sites where new technology such as gas, tanks and underground warfare took place as well as considering the medical issues of dealing with casualties on the battlefield and their treatment.
For me, this trip is so important for students to take part in. It brings home the cost and reality of war. Year 10 students should now contact the History staff for details of next year’s trip.
Report by Mr Blackabey