Following a local soldier's footsteps
10 March 2017
Two students and Miss Ivan History had the privilege to visit First World War battlefields in Belgium and France. They also had an opportunity to research a fallen soldier from the local area.
The trip was funded by the Department of Education and students had the opportunity to visit a range of battlefields, memorials and museums. The pupils were delighted to learn more about the local soldier called Frederick Charles Lambert who lived in Hadleigh before joining the war effort. Pupils also had the honour to leave a wreath at Thiepval Memorial, where they found the name of Frederick among all the other soldiers.
During the trip students had a chance to visit Passchendaele Memorial Museum, where they explored the trench systems. We all agreed that this was the moment that everything fell into place and we could really understand trench warfare and perhaps have a better understanding of what it was like for the men involved in WW1.
The highlights of the trip were to attend the Last Post Ceremony at Mening Gate and leave personal messages to unknown soldiers at Tyne Knot cemetery. The Ceremony was very moving and thought provoking – it happens every night at 8pm and has done since 1920.
As part of the programme we are planning to create a display board to contribute to the Legacy 110 Project to make an impact on at least 110 people within the local community.
As Hana and Harry said "The trip really changed our perspective on the First World War and life in general. It showed us how precious life is and how this was destroyed during the war. What we found most overwhelming was the realisation that every man in the millions of graves has his own story. However, many of these stories are unknown to us today.”
Hana also mentioned she enjoyed taking part in the Come to World Remember Me project, where they produced a clay figure to remember the soldiers who died in Belgium during the war.
As Miss Ivan said "The students developed a far better understanding of what happened during World War One and the impact that it had on peoples’ lives. The experience will stay with us for the rest of our life as we can only begin to appreciate what the soldiers did for us.”
Keep a look out for future projects linked to our visit and the WW1 centenary commemorations at The Deanes.
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