WW1 Battlefield Tour to Ypres and the Somme

Two Year 10 students along with Miss Denning embarked on a four day trip to visit the WW1 Battlefields in Belgium and France. Here’s a small account of our four days reliving the horrors of WW1 100 years on.

 

On the first day, we stayed in Ashford where the students took part in an assault course along with other schools in South East London. We then got the privilege to meet a local soldier and handled WW1 artefacts that would have been used in Battle.

 

On the second day, we left for Belgium! We went to Lijssenthoek Cemetery which tells the story of thousands of Commonwealth soldiers’ fate in WW1. After this, we went to Poperinge to visit the Death Cells where soldiers who did not obey orders would be punished. In the evening, we took part in a Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate where a wreath was placed for an unknown soldier.

 

On the third day, we went to the Ulster Memorial Tower and visited the trenches where the Ulster Division tried to break the enemy lines in 1916. After this, we went to the Sunken Lane, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and Thiepval Memorial. In the evening, we took part in a show and tell with the British Army where we got to look at the equipment used in 1914 and how it compares today.

 

The last day of the trip came and we set off in the morning to take part in a workshop to commemorate the fallen soldiers in WW1 in Belgium. We created a pottery figure which will form the memorial in Belgium in 2018 (similar to the Tower of London poppies project). After this we went to the Germany cemetery Langemark and looked at how the German people remember their war dead. We finished our trip visiting the largest WW1 Cemetery, Tyne Cot and took part in a small memorial.


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