Thursday, 12 November 2015

Armistice day

In September, Mr Forsyth and two learners from Y10 visited the battlefield sites of Ypres and the Somme. This year marks the 100 anniversary of the second battle of Ypres.

As well as visiting the town of Ypres and several World War One cemeteries, the learners from Kepier also took part in the remembrance ceremony at the Menin gate which has taken place every night at 8pm since 1927.

They were lucky enough to contribute to the Belgian government’s art project to create 600,000 clay soldiers which will form an installation in November 2018 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the war. Each clay soldier represents a real soldier who died fighting on the Ypres Salient.

On the final day, Mr Forsyth, Luke and Ross visited Thiepval which was being made ready for the commemorations next year for the anniversary of the battle of the Somme. The Thiepval memorial has 72,195 names inscribed to remember those soldiers whose bodies were never found after the battle.

As well as visiting Tyne Cot, the largest British cemetery in the world, to lay a wreath of remembrance, the learners and Mr Forsyth visited Langemark a German Cemetery with a distinctly different way of remembering those killed in conflict.

Tyne Cot Cemetary


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