Students make trip to the trenches

PUBLISHED: 16:35 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010

HISTORY students at Ely Community College visited First World War battlefields recently during a trip to France and Belgium. The 54 Year 9 pupils explored the trenches where soldiers fought and died during the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Ypres.

HISTORY students at Ely Community College visited First World War battlefields recently during a trip to France and Belgium.

The 54 Year 9 pupils explored the trenches where soldiers fought and died during the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Ypres.

During their three-day trip they visited Tyne Cot, the largest British cemetery in the world and the recreated trenches at Notre Dame de Lorette, where a number of the students fell in the mud and water.

The trip, organised by the college's history department, also visited the In Flanders Field exhibition where students were given the name of a soldier who fought in the war and followed his fate. The highlight of the trip was the laying of a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate to remember the soldiers of the war.

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