Two Year 9 students along with History Teacher, Miss Lynch, were invited to attended the First World War Centenary Battlefields visit, from 3rd to 6th March 2019. The two students, Anna Murphy and Max Hope, had been selected as they had written fantastic responses in a History Department competition, which asked students to reflect on what remembrance meant to them and why it was significant.
Students and staff from 15 other schools across the North West took part in the trip to Belgium and France, to explore the history of the Battles of Ypres and the Somme.
The group visited an array of museums, memorials and cemeteries, including the Commonwealth War Graves sites at Tyne Cot and Thiepval. With the help of a historian, they were able to learn about individual stories of some of the soldiers, which helped to bring to life the events of World War One.
A highlight of the visit was to attend the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate, during which Anna and Max proudly wore their school uniforms and gathered with other visitors to commemorate the war dead. The tour emphasised the importance of remembrance and how we commemorate the war for the next 110 years. The trip was a truly memorable experience for all and the students were fantastic representatives of William Howard School.