Year 9 historians embarked on the 2018 centenary tour to the Battlefields of France and Belgium.
We were lucky enough to be able to commemorate various pupil’s relatives this year whose names were inscribed on the Menin Gate, the Thiepval Memorial or buried at Thiepval. We are looking forward to presenting more information on their lives and the part they played in the conflict in November when the History department and the development office will honour the role of Godolphin and all those connected with the school during the First World War. The group were able to visit a section of the British trench line at Sanctuary Wood as well as the deep Canadian concrete bunkers at Vimy Ridge. In addition, we examined how those who fought are remembered by visiting Tyne Cot allied cemetery and contrasting that with how the German war dead were dealt with at Langemarck. We were also able to visit the fantastic interactive ‘In Flanders Field’ museum in Ypres which allowed us to develop a better sense about how the whole community was impacted by the First World War.
The girls arrived back safe and well on Friday evening with some poignant memories to consider.