Archive for June, 2012

I did mention this on the trip but thought I’d post it again here too!


‘Impressions of Lochnagar’


An annual competition for young people aged between 11-17 yrs designed to
encourage interest in this unique Great War Memorial.

Entries for the £200 award can be in any medium
including Art, Prose, Poetry, Photography or Music.

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During day 3 we visited a range of sites around the Ypres Salient including: Messines Ridge, Bayernwald Trenches, Hooge Crater Cemetery and the Menin Gate. Sadly Coach 1 did not get time to visit Essex Farm or Langemark German Cemetery due to the number of students with relatives to visit. However we were able to stop at some of these closer cemeteries and memorials to and this was a very powerful experience. All the students made a real effort to be part of these personal visits, conducting their own memorial ceremonies at the sites. They have been a real credit to the school. Here are some final thoughts for you.

Mr Ford



Hello everyone. Today we have been all over. We started off in France and now in Belgium. We saw German trenches but they have been altered slightly because they got rewind and they are from the 1st WW. Then we went on to Chester Farm cemetery to see my great, great grandad’s grave. It was really emotional. I am the first person to see the grave from my family,so it make it extra special. We then went on to see more war grave yards. One of which is where Alex Taylor’s grate uncles grave stone was. Finally we went on to see a massive war grave yard (Tyne Cott). It was truly shocking how many graves there were.- Carla Addyman


Tired 😦 but good day 😀 loving the Belgian chocolate : D



Also tired and had a good day, laid down a wreath for my relative and it was pretty good 🙂   


This trip has been very successful and highly interesting, as I have learnt things I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t come on this trip. It has been a great experience, big shout out to Mr Ford for making this happen:) Chris Petty


Hi there my name is Will and this trip for me has been a real success. The trip itself was really good i think it was a really great experience. The tour guide was good and the way he described things made me see the battle fields how the soldiers of WW1 saw it. The best bit for me was when we went to see the massive crater because for me that was a real eye opener and shows what devastation war can cause. Also a big shout out to my main men Hakan, Chris, Ed, Susanna,Louisa and don’t forget Mike and Henry, they come as a pair. 


When we arrived, I didn’t really know what to expect. Although Belgium and France looked and felt the same as England it had a sort of peaceful atmosphere. However, as our Tour Guide/ Historian began to explain what brutal conflicts took place I found it hard to believe  and could almost picture where and how the trenches were laid out. I also thought it was good to be able to go round to different cemeteries and pay respects to some relatives of students. Altogether I have really enjoyed this experience .D.F.


I had a good trip. I had lots of fun and learnt a lot more about the first world war. I also got to see where my great uncle is buried. This trip has helped me to understand how many people died .A.T.


We had a really good trip and lots of fun, it was also interesting to see/learn about the places, I think we have all really enjoyed it.-Martha


Great trip. Lots of travelling but well worth it. I was surprised to hear about and see the scale of devastation and death that happened in ww1. It was also good to pay respects to other peoples own relatives and hear about their own stories too. Matt M



Some more thoughts from Year 9. During day 2 we visited sites around the Somme region of France including the Thievaal Memorial, Gordon Dump Cemetary (where Donald Bell VC is buried) and Lochnagar Crater to name but a few. We also made a detour to visit the grave of Ellie Short’s relative en route. 

Mr Ford



I’ve enjoyed the trip so far, the ferry was the best bit. It was sad to see all the graves but I learnt a lot. Going to Ypres today, and then going back home on the ferry.

Lucy x


This trip has been really good. I got to see my great,great uncle Arthur Burn’s grave. It was really nice to see it and it was very moving. Also I got given a poppy wreath to lay on his grave which was sweet. This trip has been amazing and is definitely worth going on 🙂



I’ve really liked the trip so far. The ferry was really good and the graves were really interesting.



This trip has been lots of fun and our guide is very knowledgable. I have learnt a lot and has made me think. I am looking forward for the rest of the day!

Inez 🙂



I’m really enjoying this trip, the ferry was a lot of fun and seeing all the cemetery’s was really interesting. It’s been really interesting to see where all the trenches were and how it would have looked through a soldiers eyes. It’s been very powerful but enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the day!





This trip has been really good so far and I’m really enjoying it! I Hate boats and I went on one but it wasn’t that bad! Yesterday was really good because when we went to see the cemeteries it came to life how many people actually died! I’m excited for the rest of the trip and I have learnt a lot!

Sophia 🙂


I have really enjoyed the trip so far and I have learnt a lot. Yesterday was really good and I thought it was really good when we went to see Ellie Short’s relative at one of the graveyards.  I’m looking forward to today and seeing more. I’m also looking forward to the ferry tomorrow. The weather has been quite nice and sunny:)

Abby x


The trip has been really good and it’s been really interesting learning about the cemeteries and memorials and the ferry was fun. It’s been good weather so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the trip:)




Welcome to the HGS Battlefields Tour 2012. I have asked the students to write small blog posts as we have gone around this year. I hope you enjoy reading their thoughts as they progress through the trip. 

Mr Ford

Pictures HERE



Ferry was really fun ( would have rather gone on a plane ) food was quite nice. Just been to service station and think that food is quite pricey! But anyway great trip, weather great and looking forward to today and tomorrow. Chloe.L xx


Hello 🙂 The ferry trip was really fun, and it was a nice trip to Belgium, I am looking forward to the rest of the trip to the battlefields. Sophie xxx


Hi! I enjoyed the ferry ( don’t listen to chloe ). So far I’ve enjoyed the scenery on the way to the Somme on the bus and look forward to the rest of the stops. Having lots of fun and the weather is great, so far. 😉 Georgie R


Hello! I have really enjoyed the trip so far and the ferry was great! The talk about the Somme was very interesting because I learnt lots of new things that I didn’t know before. Belgium and France are very pretty and the weather is good! Hannah


Hello, the ferry was amazing (my first time on a boat) but made me feel sick…and I had coffee from costa and it was so nice. We are just arriving at the somme, we have been on the coach for 2hours now-.- oh well,hope I will get to see my great great grandads grave too. It was fun sitting next to Max Adams on the coach. Love from Carla 🙂