Understanding World War I

Saffron Bowman L5 writes: This term 25 L5 students journeyed to the World War I battlefields and graveyards in France and Belgium. First port of call was the Lijssenthoek cemetery in Belgium. Here, the group's guide, Iain Standen, did an excellent job giving an insight into WW1. We also visited the Essex Farm cemetery and stark bunker remains of the dressing station. On Saturday we crossed the border into France and the village of Serre, where we viewed the 'battlefield graveyard', simulated a pals battalion and learned about what happened there on 1 July 1916. We then journeyed to Newfoundland Park, Ulster Tower, Lochnager Crater, and Thiepval memorial, which honours missing soldiers of the Somme. 


On our final day, back in the Ypres Salient, we visited the German cemetery of Langemarck, the Passchendaele museum, (complete with mock dugouts and trenches) and finally Tyne Cot cemetery, where we finished with a ceremony to honour the fallen, taken by school chaplain Reverend Katrina Dykes. 

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