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Year 9 Visit WWI Battlefields

Published on 01/10/18

Year 9 pupils set off bright and early for the annual WWI Battlefields trip to Ypres in Belgium on Friday 28 September. Upon arrival to Ypres, pupils visited the Menin Gate which stands as a poignant memorial to the missing British and Commonwealth soldiers, followed by a short walk to the Flanders Fields Museum.

After lunch (and a quick visit to a Belgian chocolate shop), pupils hopped back onto the coach and travelled to Langemark German Cemetery where more than 44,000 German soldiers are buried. Pupils wandered the cemetery where Adolf Hitler himself once stood in 1940, before departing for Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world. Pupils were asked to compare the two cemeteries, noting the differences between them.

The final stop was a visit to Sanctuary Wood where pupils were able to experience what life would have been like on the front line as they walked the trenches behind the museum.