War experiences on battlefields trip

Scalby School students and staff pictured outside 'In Flanders Field' museum, in Ypres.
Scalby School students and staff pictured outside 'In Flanders Field' museum, in Ypres.
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Our battlefields trip was about teaching students the First World War, focusing on the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Ypres but also showing the reality of the war, such as the conditions soldiers had to live through and what they sacrificed.

We also learned about the destruction war caused and the sheer death toll of so many young men who fought for their countries to ensure that the people back home would be safe.

The best thing for me was going to see the Tyne Cot British Commonwealth war cemetery.

It was one of the most poignant and profoundly touching places I have ever been to. Everyone of the small white gravestones was simply a speck, lost in the sea of graves that painted the landscape white.

Almost 12,000 soldiers graves were marked, each with their own individual stories; 8,000 of which were unknown along with the 35,000 names of soldiers with no known grave written at Tyne Cot, as there was no space left on the Menin Gate walls.

So many brave soldiers, their stories forgotten. Seeing the rows upon rows of graves and hearing a few individual stories really brought it home to me that the numbers we see on paper in history class are not just a statistic, but men from all walks of life who fought bravely and died for their country and now lie 
side by side with their comrades.