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Battlefields visit commemorates WW1 centenary

Published on 19/11/18

As commemorations took place across Europe to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, young historians from Hethersett Academy made a poignant trip to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium.

The Year 9 students travelled to some of the most important sites of Flanders and the Somme, including Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, and Thiepval, in November - 100 years since the war ended.

They paid their respects at cemeteries including Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world with nearly 12,000 graves; and the German cemetery of Langemark, where over 44,000 soldiers are buried.

At the town of Arras the group explored tunnels dug by New Zealand soldiers to get closer to the German positions, and visited the Flying Services Memorial to the many thousands of airmen who perished on the Western Front and have no known grave.

Head of history James Regan said: “Our students were complimented on their behaviour and attitude everywhere we went.

"They have experienced things that will stay with them for the rest of their lives and will make sure that the sacrifices of those who fought in the war will not be forgotten.”