Itinerary for today:
07.30 Breakfast at Hotel Poppies, then:
- Newfoundland Park
- Thiepval Memorial
- Transfer to Ypres and Lunch
- Ploegsteert Wood - Prowse Point the Christmas Truce.
- Zonnebeke Museum
- Battlefield Walk to from Zonnebeke to Tyne Cot Cemetery
- Check in to Poppies Hostel 17.30
- 18.30 Local Evening meal
- 20.00 Attend wreath laying service at Menin Gate
A busy day today, starting here, looking across the line of advance of the 10th Lincolnshire on the Somme, Gordon Dump cemetery visible in the first clump of trees:
The Newfoundland Memorial with preserved trenches and shell holes around:
Thiepval Memorial to the missing, and the first of our family members to remember...
G H Toyne, remembered by one of our students:
For those that thought globalisation was new ….
And all religions, buried within yards of each other:
Following the Australian advance to Tyne Cot, just visible in the distance …
And shells still found most days:
Our second family member remembered. M R Toyne:
Tune Cot, the largest British military cemetery in the world …
One of the groups last sites on the Somme, the Ancre Marshes. Looks idyllic now, but imagine it shelled to pieces and full of the detritus of war, and you have the inspiration for the Dead Marshes in The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien served on the Somme in 1916:
Lastly, the students and staff took part in the Menin Gate Ceremony:
Thank you to J Allsop, P Tate and G H Jessop from Year 9 who took a greater part in the ceremony and remembering their relatives. They have represented the school very well.