25 February 2020

Four Stoke Damerel History students were extremely grateful to be part of the World War One Battlefields Tour, organised by the University College London. This is in the final year of the four year centenary programme.
 
Jasmine and Emelia (year 10) and Gracie and Zara (year 9),escorted by Miss Hill, joined 40 other students from across the South of England on the four day visit to Ypres in Belgium and The Somme in France.

The students visited cemeteries, museums and memorials paying respect to all soldiers of the Great War and followed in the footsteps of famous war poets such as Wilfred Owen during his final battles. Travelling with the group was Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey (author and illustrator of war books) who led evening workshops.

The students all agreed that the experience was very rewarding and learned so much more by visiting sites where so many soldiers fought on the front line.   "It made it very real seeing so many commonwealth gravestones and the names of the missing."

Zara paid her respects to two of her great uncles who died in WW1 and laid poppy wreaths at Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.
 
The girls now need to complete a project back in college to complete their legacy to the tour programme. This will involve a display of their visit, researching soldiers from Plymouth, and delivering a lesson for younger students to encourage them to visit in the future.
 
Miss Hill