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Year 8 Battlefields Trip 2017

Early on Thursday 22nd June, in already warm conditions, the History Department (ably assisted by other members of staff who were prepared for give up sleep) and around 80 year 8 students set off on the annual trip to the Ypres area of Belgium where many British soldiers were based, and many died, during the First World War. We visited our usual sites, including the trenches themselves, Langemark German cemetery, notable for many men being buried in the same grave due to lack of space, and the very different Tyne Cot British cemetery, where we held an act of remembrance. Ypres itself saw the much-anticipated chocolate shop visit. as well as the famous Menin Gate, bearing the names of 53,000 missing British and Empire soldiers. We were thankful for knowledgeable and entertaining drivers, a donation of 146 bottles of water, a slight cooling of the heat as the day progressed and, as we have come to expect, students who in all the various places were interested, respectful and thoughtful. It was an enjoyable, and serious, day to remember.

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