A group of Prescot School students have visited the battlefields of WWI. Follow their journey as we update you on their trip throughout the week.
Morning has broken at Peace Village, Ypres, where a group of our students are exploring the history of WWI.
During their trip, the group have been researching local Prescot soldiers who were killed on the battlefields and will visit their graves and memorials later this week.
The students have also had the chance to learn more from a serving British Army soldier, who is their guide for the week. This included looking in detail at WWI artefacts including helmets, bayonets, grenades, rifles and shrapnel.
After an early rise, students visited the Passchendaele museum with its reconstructed trenches and dugouts.
From there it was on to Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery an old base hospital which is now one of the largest military cemetery’s in the world with just under 11,000 graves. The group then went on to the Langemark the German war graves and then on to Tyne Cot Military Cemetery the largest in the world with around 12,000 graves, where they found the name of a Prescot solider on the wall of the missing and laid a cross of remembrance and personal message to him.
After dinner, our group had an emotional visit to the Menin Gate daily act of Remembrance.
Day three saw the students visit the grave of Noel Chavasse, the son of the Bishop of Liverpool, who is one of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during WW1.
Students then spent the day at the Somme visiting Beaumont Hamal Newfoundland a preserved battle site, which was followed by a trip to Sunken Lane and Hawthorne Crater, where the Somme was brought to life with an interactive activity.
During an emotional afternoon, the group then visited the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, we then went on to find our second local soldier from Prescot who is remembered at the Thiepval memorial to the missing.
In the evening the pupils had a hands on session from the British Army on the kit and equipment provided for soldiers – then and now – giving students the chance to try on kit and inspect ration packs.
Look out for further updates over the coming days!