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UTC Reading students take part in WW1 centenary trip

GCSE History students Oliver and Dylan joined schools from across Berkshire and Somerset on a four day trip to Belgium to mark the centenary of the First World War. 

GCSE History students Oliver and Dylan joined schools from across Berkshire and Somerset on a four day trip to Belgium to mark the centenary of the First World War. They were also joined by Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium and Dr. Andrew Murrison MP, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War.

  

During the trip students visited Lijssenthoek Cemetery where they were taught how to ‘read’ a headstone so they could find out the stories behind some of the headstones and about the many different nationalities buried there. Students also visited the ‘death cells’ of those executed during the war at Poperinge, Sheffield Memorial Park, Thiepval Memorial, Memorial Museum Passchendaele and attended the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Students also met current serving members of the military who ran a workshop comparing today’s army equipment with that used during WW1 and talked about their experiences of serving in the army today.

On the trip, Oliver said: “It isn’t until you visit the memorials at the battlefields that you realise the scope of the casualties from the war, it was really moving and really showed us how important it is to remember those who lost their lives.

“The trip was also beneficial to me because after university I want to train at Sandhurst, and hearing stories from soldiers has really inspired me and given me focus to keep on top of my studies.”

More photos from the trip can be found on our Facebook page.

You can find out more about our GCSE curriculum at our taster event on 19 March, 5.30-7.30pm at lead industry partner Peter Brett Associates.  

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