Pupils ‘moved’ by World War I battlefields trip

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Forty students from Malton School recently made a pilgrimage to World War I battlefields in Belgium and France as part of their History GCSE studies.

And for some of the Year 10 pupils, the trip was a poignant one as they were able to find the graves or memorials of their relatives who were killed in the war which is commemorating its 100th anniversary this year.

As part of their trip, the students paid a visit to the Thiepval Memorial whilst the ‘Black Watch’ carried out a Remembrance service.

Two students, Chris Horne and Eleanor Anson, were chosen to lay the wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres on behalf of the students, staff and governors of Malton School.

They also visited Vimy Ridge, Notre Dame de Lorette French Cemetery and National Memorial, the Arras memorial, The Lochnagar Crater, and Ulster tower and museum.

Pupil Merrie Barnet said: “We all found the Battlefield trip extremely moving. We all found it hard to get to grips with the infinite amount of soldiers who gave their life away for us all. It was an unforgettable trip which will remain in our memories always. They are gone but never forgotten.”

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