The Battlefields Trip

 

by Katie Naylor, Year 11

On the 5th of July, a group of year 10s set off from Wolverhampton Grammar School for France and Belgium. There were three days full to the brim with history. The group enjoyed learning about the history of World War One and we all now have a in depth understanding of how the war affected millions of people, not just those who died but those who were also left behind.

The trip included three main sorts of sites: museums, memorials and cemeteries. These three types of site helped bring the war to life.

One of the most touching moments for everyone was when we laid a wreath for the fallen soldiers from WGS, killed in action in 1915 at the Hohenzollern Redoubt. We appeared to be in a field in the middle of nowhere but the story of the men from our school who died there was enough to make the war hit home.

The sites such as the memorial to the missing in Thiepval made us realise that the war was on a massive scale. The names shown were only those of the missing, not even the ones who were known to have died.

On the trip not only did we visit the allied cemeteries but also the German cemeteries as well. The German cemeteries were very different to those of the allied forces. The crosses were made of grey stone and they appeared to continue for as far as the eye could see.

The trip was an incredible chance to learn about and truly understand World War One.

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