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Year 9 Visit WWI Battlefields

Year 9 battlefields StamfordDuring the Easter break, forty eight Year 9 pupils and 6 members of staff left Stamford heading for Flanders in Belgium for the start of the annual Battlefields trip.

Highlights included a visit to the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate where members of the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF had the honour of bearing flags and laying a wreath to the missing. The touring party also visited the grave of renowned poet Edward Thomas and of former Head Boy Oswald Elliott who died on the Somme in 1916.

Other visits included one to the largest Commonwealth cemetery at Tynecot and to the memorial to the missing of the Somme at Thiepval. The students returned from the four day trip having learned a great deal about fighting on the Western front and were full of respect and admiration for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Group Leader and History teacher, Mr Pike, was full of praise for the boys; “It was a fantastic trip this year. The pupils conducted themselves wonderfully well and were both engaged and enthused throughout our tour. They enjoyed visiting all of the historical sites as well as the obligatory trip to the world’s finest chocolate shop!”

Plans are already well underway for the Battlefields Trip 2017.