Longfield Academy students visit Ypres

Year 9 and 12 students from Longfield Academy visited Ypres in Belgium on the 16th March as part of their First World War studies. They all had a great day out.

Ypres was very busy with visitors, as this year marks the centenary of the end of World War One. Students tunneled under the woods at Hill 62 and walked through the muddy trenches. They then visited Tyne Cot cemetery and paid their respects to the fallen soldiers by signing their names in the book of condolence.

Students were shown the contrast at the smaller, darker, German Langemark cemetery. The Menin Gate was visited in the town centre, which contains over 50,000 names of soldiers whose bodies were never found. The day was completed in the traditional way, through the purchasing of delicious Belgium chocolates.

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