The Battlefields Trip

The Battlefields Trip

On Thursday 2 October Year 10 history students set off on a three day trip to visit the battlefields of Belgium and France, where some of the most horrific and prolonged fighting took place in the First World War.

On the Friday the group spent the day on the Ypres Salient, visiting the Flanders Fields Museum, the Hooge Crater and the Caterpillar Crater. Later in the day they visited the Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the final resting place of nearly twelve thousand British soldiers.

The following day the group visited largest battle of the war took place with over a million men wounded or killed. Students stopped at the Indian memorial at Neuve Chapelle where Henna Habeeb recited a moving poem that she had written herself to honour the Muslim ‘Tommies’. The group also visited the nearby Gore Road Cemetery, which commemorates the soldiers who fought in the British Indian Army, the Ulster Tower, a memorial to the men from Northern Ireland and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

WW2The day concluded with a walk to Serre Road where nearly 2,000 young men from Bradford, known as the Bradford Pals were either injured or killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Sunday’s itinerary commenced with a tour of Ypres and a visit to the Passchendaele Museum where students were able to explore the reconstructed trenches. They also visited the Belgian cemetery at Hothhoulst Forest and a German Cemetery at Langemark. In the evening pupils attended the ‘Last Post’ ceremony where Jessica Whitcombe, Iqrah Bi, Maaria Khan and Vanesha Patel laid a wreath under the Menin Gate.