Forty four of our students took on a day trip to Flanders, travelling through the night to find themselves in the heart of Belgium. Ninety seven years ago the trenches dug here were filled with the soldiers of four nations struggling to survive the new age of industrialised warfare. The museums told the soldiers’ experiences of the trenches and the graveyards spoke silently but eloquently as to the end of very many of those soldiers. Many of our students were filled with a ghastly awe when viewing the sights of these battlefields. Particularly poignant was the grave of Private Strudwick at Essex Farm Cemetery, whose grave was covered with poppies and crosses. He was just 15 when killed in action…..Just one year older of most of our students.
Lest we forget