Remembering the First World War
Battlefields visit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Sabrina Fahy and Leah Gill, two Year 9 pupils, were lucky enough to take part in a government funded trip to the battlefields on the Western Front. The £5.3 million programme was designed to provide the opportunity for two students and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit the battlefields and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The trip enabled Sabrina and Leah to develop a personal connection to the First World War through interacting with the battlefield sites, participating in remembrance ceremonies, recording, reflecting and sharing their own experiences.
On their journey they discovered a local soldier – Private William Ernest Dymock – from Hoddesdon - who had been killed in the First World War and whose name is commemorated at Tyne Cot Cemetery. The girls were particularly moved by this discovery and it was a real honour to have visited the memorial where he is remembered.
888,000 British men lost their lives during World War One and this period of time is appropriate to remember them and their commitment and sacrifices they made to serve this country. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to remember those gallant men ….
‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We shall remember them.’
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