The Earls High School Excellence – Care – Partnership

Battlefields Tour 2018

On Friday 16th February a group of Earls students departed Halesowen on a journey that would not only transport them geographically, but also take them back a hundred years to the battlefields of World War One. Students spent the next three days touring memorials and historic sites, which have been preserved to help us remember the fallen, and the horrors that a generation of young men endured during four years of trench warfare. Their itinerary took them to The Flanders Field Museum, Ypres, The Menin Gate, preserved trenches at Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood Museum, The Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery, The Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial, The Thepval Memorial and finally Ulster Tower, situated on the Somme frontline, where the battle began on July 1st 2016. A great deal was learnt about the circumstances and the suffering of those who fought and died, many of whom were only a few years older than our visiting students. Despite the sombre nature of the visit, all who attended enjoyed a memorable and thought provoking experience.