A visit to remember for Easthampstead Park pupilsBy Julie Spencer
November 22, 2012
A Remebrance weekend visit to the battlefields of Belgium brought the horrors of the First World War home for students from a Bracknell school.
And for 13-year-old Max Morgan the journey became a personal pilgrimage when he found the grave of his grandfather’s uncle who served with the King’s Liverpool regiment and lost his life in 1917.
The 42 Easthampstead Park Community School students paid their respects at the Menin Gate in Ypres on Friday, November 9, at a ceremony attended by the ambassador of New Zealand and the president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Faye Delahunty and George Champion laid a wreath on behalf of their school in memory of all the soldiers who died but were never buried.
Faye, 13, said: “At the Menin Gate the names filled every wall reminding you and not letting you forget the soldiers’ part in the war.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I can hardly believe I got picked for it.”
The Year Nine pupils, from the school in Ringmead, also visited the museum in Ypres, war cemeteries and a network of trenches that have been preserved as a reminder of the carnage of the First World War.
Faye added: “Visiting the trenches made me realise the living conditions soldiers had to put up with every day.
“The trench floor always filled with muddy water and the constant sewage smell. This made me think how strong-willed our soldiers were.”