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Kingshott children visit the Western Front


Seventeen Year 6 to 8 children, three parents and two staff accompanied the Headmaster on a World War I Trip to the Western Front. Based in the Belgian town of Ypres, they turned the clock back exactly one hundred years and were transported into the most desperate environment imaginable. Trips of this kind are immeasurably important, and even to children as young as ten they quickly are exposed to the horrors of the Great War, the devastation it led to and the supreme sacrifice of millions of lives. In the space of two days we toured Tyne Cot British Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery, Gas Corner, Essex Cemetery the site where John McCrae was moved to write his poem In Flanders Field and Sanctuary Wood where a preserved trench gave the opportunity to walk where others have walked. It is difficult to single out any one event as a highlight, suffice to say that the laying of the Kingshott School poppy wreath by Amelie Summerfield and Kayin Sowade at Menin Gate before a crowd of over a thousand will long live in the memory.
Published: October 8 2014

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