The trip to Belgium was a brilliant opportunity for me as a student. It not only developed my knowledge of the First World War but it also developed my understanding of the impact it had on so many lives. It is so easy to read figures about the number of deaths but being able to see all the graves in front of me helped me realise how many people had died.
On the second evening of the trip, myself and Conor had the opportunity to represent the school in the laying of a wreath as part of the last post ceremony at the Menin gate. To be part of such an important ceremony like that, at the Menin Gate, was an experience of a lifetime for me.
Throughout the trip we visit a number of battlefields and cemeteries and there was such a melancholy feeling to stand where so many men as young as me had made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the country. We also learnt about and visited the graves of soldiers from Liverpool, one in fact had lived in Hodson Place which is so close to our school. The most solemn part for me when visiting the cemeteries was looking at the graves that were ‘known unto God’. These were the soldiers who were unable to be identified and therefore their family were unable to visit their final resting place.
I want to thank the centenary battlefield tour, Mrs Harrison and Mr Bond for allowing me to have such an amazing experience repressing Notre Dame in Belgium.