4 July 2017

60 Pupils Visit The Battlefields

This year’s Battlefields visit to the Somme and Ypres Salient was a resounding success, and all 60 students were a real credit to the school in terms of their behaviour and respect for the suffering experienced on the Western Front.

Our visit included a Battlefield Walk where we re-lived the opening phase of the Battle of the Somme, the deadliest day in British Military history. We also had time to visit the Canadian, Newfoundlanders and Indian memorials, illustrating perfectly just how many people from all over the British Empire paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our national interests.

Many of our students also had the opportunity to take part in pilgrimages and to visit the graves and memorials of distant relatives who fought and died in the First World War adding a personal significance which cannot be recaptured.  We also managed to fit in local history into the itinerary when we visited the Leeds and Bradford Pals memorial in Bus Les Artois.

Three students also took part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, where they laid a personalised wreath dedicated the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown.

Miss McCulloch.

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