It’s been a busy day for EPCS students! The coach picked up 28 of us at 5.20am to drive us to Folkestone for a journey to Calais by Eurotunnel. We made our way directly to the grave of Noel Chavasse, a highly decorated Captain of the RAMC. This was followed by two very contrasting cemeteries: Tyne Cot, a site containing 12,000 British and commonwealth graves, and Langemarck, a German cemetery notable for its flat, dark headstones. The group then made their way to the Yorkshire Trench, a preserved piece of the British frontline, complete with duckboards and firesteps.
Before heading to the In Flanders Fields Museum, the group headed to the final resting place of Joe Strudwick, the youngest known soldier to die for the British. The tour of the salient battlefields would’ve been a lot less informative without the input of our own school governor, Dr Bullen, who has knowledge unrivalled.
A trip to Belgium is not complete without a visit to a chocolate shop, so the students filled their bags with sweet treats before their evening meal at Den Anker. The moving last post ceremony is still to come on what has already been a very busy day!