Year 9 Historians were recently able to visit two key areas conflict involving British troops during World War One. For two days they explored the battlefields surrounding the Ypres Salient and Belgium and the Somme in France. Guided by our local expert, Bob Findlay, students were able to understand more clearly how the British Tommies lived, fought, survived and indeed died on the Western Front.
They visited many of the key sites of the conflict: Essex Farm, Passchaendale, Sanctuary Wood in Ypres, Vimy, Newfoundland Ridge and Thiepval on the Somme. We were also able to attend the daily service of Remembrance held at the Menin Gate in Ypres – a daily act of worship that has taken place every day since 1928 to present day only ceasing for the duration of WW2.
Students were able to reflect upon the tragic loss of life and the to reinforce ‘why’ we remember them to this day.