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Battlefields trip is humbling

Wed, May 15th, 2024
Worth School

A group of almost 80 pupils found out more about the harsh realities of the First World War when they went on a battlefields trip to Ypres in Belgium last Friday.

This fascinating and at the same time humbling History trip gave pupils in Years 9 and 10 the opportunity to visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, which the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery on the Western Front. The cemetery has 11,500 graves, as well as a memorial wall bearing the names of 34,888 soldiers who were killed between 16 August 1917 and the end of the war just over a year later.

The group also visited Passchendaele Memorial Museum, which is a Belgian museum devoted to the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele where, in only 100 days, almost 500,000 men were killed for the gain of only eight kilometres of ground. There was also an opportunity to see the famous Menin Gate memorial to soldiers whose graves are unknown, as well taking a walk about Ypres Market Square and visiting a shop selling finest Belgian chocolate.

The trip complemented classroom studies of History.

Every year students at Worth take part in a wide variety of trips, exchanges and visits.

Find out more about trips at Worth here.