Year 10 History Students in Flanders Fields
Miss Laura Thomas, a teacher of History, sen this in from Flanders:
“A group of 41 Year 10 Historians left Clayesmore at 0530 on Thursday morning for the annual Battlefields Trip to Belgium and France. The group first visited Essex Farm Cemetery in Ypres where their guide Mr John Lee explained the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and showed the students the grave of Private Joe Strudwick, who was killed in action just before his sixteenth birthday.
“It was also an occasion to visit the Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station (medical station for British Army casualties) where Colonel John McCrae, physician and poet of ‘In Flanders Fields’ fame, spent 1915 and 1916.
“A moving ceremony at the Menin Gate in the evening saw Alice (King’s) and Oliver (Manor) participate in the wreath-laying ceremony in front of a thousand people.
“The group returned late on Saturday, after spending Friday on the Somme battlefields, laying a wreath at Thiepval in memory of an Old Clayesmorian Leicester Albert Dixey, as well as returning to visit Tyne Cot and other sites in Flanders on Saturday morning.”
Our group of students and staff also received this rewarding compliment from their guide at Holts Tours Battlefields & Education:
“Another superb tour with Clayesmore School – who seem to get maximum value from these trips. The politest, best behaved children I ever work with.“