Mov­ing and poignant visit to bat­tle­fields

Three-day trip takes in war me­mo­ri­als of World War One

The Scarborough Evening News - - SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: LADY LUMLEY’S SCHOOL, PICKERING - By Grace Clark, year 10 Lady Lum­ley’s School, Pick­er­ing @RyedaleNews

Ear­lier this month year 10 GCSE his­tory stu­dents from Lady Lum­ley’s School set off on their an­nual bat­tle­fields ex­pe­ri­ence to France and Bel­gium.

The three-day trip was a mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the group as they vis­ited the ceme­ter­ies and graves of fallen soldiers from World War One.

Sites vis­ited in­cluded the Menin Gate memo­rial, Tyne Cot ceme­tery and the Pool of Peace which is the site of a crater that was cre­ated when the Bri­tish army det­o­nated a chain of mines. Since the war ended the crater has filled with wa­ter and has now be­come a lake.

The trip also in­cluded first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of life in the trenches with a visit to Hill 62 Sanc­tu­ary Wood mu­seum, in Bel­gium, where the stu­dents were taken on a tour of a front­line Bri­tish trench and were shown its key fea­tures and how soldiers ex­pe­ri­enced daily life.

Each of the stu­dents were given a lo­cal sol­dier to study prior to the trip which brought home the suf­fer­ing and hard­ship en­dured in the Great War.

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Lady Lum­ley’s School stu­dents pic­tured on their visit to Hill 62 Sanc­tu­ary Wood mu­seum, in Bel­gium.

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The trip in­cluded a mov­ing vigil at the Menin Gate memo­rial.

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