Understanding the Trenches on Battlefields Trip
27 February 2019
Two of our Year 10 students, Kieron and Charlie, were chosen by their History teacher to join the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme run by UCL Institute of Education & Equity in February accompanied by Miss Hill. Their trip included visits to both Langemark German and Tyne Cot Commonwealth cemeteries. As part of the trip they located the grave of local Plymouth soldier Frederick Lake and laid a poppy cross at his grave at Tyne Cot.
After my teacher told me I was going I felt excited and couldn’t wait to go. I would recommend other people to go as you can't really experience the trenches in a classroom. The three highlights I would pick from the trip would be visiting the trenches, cemeteries and the museum. I picked these because it showed me what a soldiers's life was like on the front line and their life when they weren't fighting.
The main memory that I took back with me were the graves in the cemeteries we visited and seeing how many people risked their lives in the war.
For the Legacy 110 Project we are going to involve Year 6 of Montpelier Primary School and will be making a soldier out of poppies.
I was excited when I found out I was going and I would recommend anyone to go if given the opportunity.
My three highlights were meeting new amazing people, visiting the Passchendaele Museum and witnessing the Menin Gate Ceremony
The main memory I will take away would be visiting the cemeteries and the amazing tour guides who were on the trip.
We plan on working with primary school students to create poppies and we will make a soldier (or soldiers) out of the poppies we create.