Eaton Bank Academy

World War One Battlefields Trip

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To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, three Year 10 Students and Mr Davies have been on a government funded tour of World War One battlefields.

During the trip, the students visited a range of World War One museums and memorials, including the Tyne Cot memorial and the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. On Saturday evening, students witnessed the ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate – a truly humbling experience. They were also accompanied by soldiers currently serving in the British Army, who offered a great insight into the changes in warfare over the last century and the everyday experiences of a soldier.

In preparation for the trip, students also carried out additional research into World War One and the impact it had on Congleton. As part of the tour, students discovered the story of a Congleton soldier, Corporal Jim Wood, who was killed fighting in Ypres Salient during the war. Following detailed research, the students were able to locate the memorial of Jim Wood and laid a poppy at the grave of an unknown soldier in memory of him and the loss that Congleton experienced. The trip greatly inspired the students and they plan to record their experiences and share them with local primary schools and the wider community in the coming months.

Mr Davies commented ‘It was an utter privilege to accompany our students on this once in a lifetime experience. They showed great respect to those who had fallen and acted as great ambassadors for our school and the Congleton community. Commemorating the events of the Great War are of upmost importance and the students certainly gained experiences and memories that they shall never forget.’