Year 10 Historians travel back to the Battlefields

Tyne Cot 2019

History teacher, Miss Laura Thomas, writes about our recent trip to the Battlefields: 

A group of 26 Year 10 Historians left Clayesmore at 5.30am on Thursday morning for the annual Battlefields Trip to Belgium and France. After a detour round ‘Operation Stack’, en-route to the channel crossing, the group arrived in Belgium in good time and our first stop at a reconstruction of Belgium trenches, was most interesting. Here, our knowledgeable guide Mr John Lee, highlighted the importance of the early Belgian defence in 1914. In the evening, the pupils attended a moving ceremony at Menin Gate, which saw Eleanor C (Wolverton) and Charlie S (Devine) participate in the wreath-laying ceremony in front of a 1,000 people.

Friday was filled with multiple stops along the Somme battlefield fields, most memorable for many of the pupils was the colossal Thiepval Memorial, which holds the names of over 70,000 missing soldiers. The trip ended with a final stop at Tyne Cot, where we laid a wreath in memory of Old Clayesmorian Leicester Albert Dixey. Our final day saw us visit Tyne Cot and Essex Farm where Colonel John McCrae, poet of ‘In Flanders Fields’ fame, spent 1915 and 1916.