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The History Department Great War Battlefields Tour, February 2011

On the first weekend of the February half term the History Department took a group of Year 9 students to Ypres in Belgium. We left at midnight on Thursday and arrived in Ypres at lunchtime Friday. It was a busy schedule. On Friday afternoon we had a guided tour of the Ypres Salient, an area of great importance during the war. The tour included a visit to Hedd Wyn’s grave where we were able to leave a simple wooden cross to mark our visit. From there we headed for Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world.

We were able to lay wreaths at the Menin Gate in Ypres during the Last Post Ceremony. The wreaths had kindly been donated by the Royal British Legion, the Town Council and the Mayor. A number of students were able to place small crosses at the Menin Gate and other cemeteries for ancestors of theirs who were lost during the conflict.

On Saturday we visited Thiepval on the site of the Battle of the Somme. This is a vast memorial with about 75 thousand names on it of those British and French soldiers who were killed and never found. We laid a wreath at the Welsh Memorial in Mametz Wood and were also able to visit Vimy Ridge where we were taken on an underground tour of the tunnels dug by the Canadian Army.

Before heading for home on the Sunday we visited Hill 62 Museum in Sanctuary Wood. This is just outside Ypres and consists of tunnels and trenches as they were left after the war. The museum is crammed with all kinds of artefacts and the fact that you could still walk through the trenches and tunnels and see the craters left by the shells made it one of the highlights. It was a great experience for us and our students. They were a credit to the school and to the town of Llandudno. We have already started to organise next year’s visit and will be publishing the details shortly.

Click here to visit the Commonwealth War Graces Commisision (CWGC), a useful website for exploring war grave cemeteries and memorials.

Daniel R. Weal

More pictures from the trip can be seen in the gallery below.

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The History Department Great War Battlefields Tour, February 2011

On the first weekend of the February half term the History Department took a group of Year 9 students to Ypres in Belgium. We left at midnight on Thursday and arrived in Ypres at lunchtime Friday. It was a busy schedule. On Friday afternoon we had a guided tour of the Ypres Salient, an area of great importance during the war. The tour included a visit to Hedd Wyn’s grave where we were able to leave a simple wooden cross to mark our visit. From there we headed for Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world.

We were able to lay wreaths at the Menin Gate in Ypres during the Last Post Ceremony. The wreaths had kindly been donated by the Royal British Legion, the Town Council and the Mayor. A number of students were able to place small crosses at the Menin Gate and other cemeteries for ancestors of theirs who were lost during the conflict.

On Saturday we visited Thiepval on the site of the Battle of the Somme. This is a vast memorial with about 75 thousand names on it of those British and French soldiers who were killed and never found. We laid a wreath at the Welsh Memorial in Mametz Wood and were also able to visit Vimy Ridge where we were taken on an underground tour of the tunnels dug by the Canadian Army.

Before heading for home on the Sunday we visited Hill 62 Museum in Sanctuary Wood. This is just outside Ypres and consists of tunnels and trenches as they were left after the war. The museum is crammed with all kinds of artefacts and the fact that you could still walk through the trenches and tunnels and see the craters left by the shells made it one of the highlights. It was a great experience for us and our students. They were a credit to the school and to the town of Llandudno. We have already started to organise next year’s visit and will be publishing the details shortly.

Click here to visit the Commonwealth War Graces Commisision (CWGC), a useful website for exploring war grave cemeteries and memorials.

Daniel R. Weal

More pictures from the trip can be seen in the gallery below.

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