Unique act of remembrance

March 29 2018

MORE than 140 Year 8 students from Downend School have been visiting the First World Ward battlefields 100 years after the end of the conflict.

On one of the two trips, two students and a staff member recreated a photograph on display at the Bayenward trenches, close to Ypres. This was territory occupied by the Germans during the war.

Each group of students spent three days visiting the trench systems and graveyards of both sides and attended a wreath-laying at the Menin Gate.  

Staff said they were proud of  the interest shown by many students at the two museums visited.

Like the soldiers a century ago, the students had to deal with challenging weather, including a rough crossing of the Channel. They also took the opportunity to defeat their teachers in a snowball fight in the trenches.