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History Battlefields trip

History Battlefields trip

The History Department were delighted to be able to take 37 Fifth Form pupils and 4 staff on the Battlefields Trip, visiting the battlefields of Ypres in Belgium and the Somme in France from 20th - 23rd October.

Fifth Form pupil Lola shares her experience:

Everyone had told me that the Battlefields trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that would make a mark on me forever - and if given the opportunity to go I absolutely had to. And after visiting Belgium at the start of half term with around 30 other Fifth Form historians led by Mr Fearnley, Miss Lines, Miss Waterfall and Mr Ives - I would have to absolutely agree. We crammed a lot into a long weekend, leaving Canford early on the Friday morning and returning on the Monday evening. After a coach journey to Dover and a short but fun ferry crossing, we arrived in Belgium late afternoon and visited our first site before even checking in to the hotel with a stop at Vimy, which was a remarkable way to start the trip. The hostel was a great base for the weekend, really clean and modern and we all slept well ready for a very busy 2 days. Saturday saw us head to Ypres with visits to Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Langemark German Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Hill 60, In Flanders Fields Museum and Essex Farm before a couple of hours free time for shopping in the pretty town of Ypres. We all stopped for dinner at a burger restaurant before heading over to the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony which was a great experience and very moving.  We got back to the hostel just in time to watch England play in the Rugby World Cup. We were up bright and early on the Sunday and headed over to the Somme with visits to Newfoundland Park, Sheffield Pals Memorial, Devonshires Cemetery, Tank Corps Memorial at Pozieres and Lochnagar Crater. Lochnagar crater was one of my favourite places we visited as it was so surprising and shocking how big it was. We then stopped at a nice restaurant for dinner (complete with chickens!) before getting the coach back to the hostel and packing for our trip home in the morning. The whole trip was an amazing experience, it really brought to life the horror and the sacrifices made by the soldiers and was very life affirming.