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Lest We Forget - A trip to the Belgian Battlefields

In October Thea Howard, Daizie Vallender and Ms Coleman set off on an expedition to the battlefields of Flanders  with 11 other school groups, starting on Friday morning and returning late Monday night.


This is a government run initiative to keep memories alive one hundred years on.

     Neil Carmichael MP accompanied us when we visited the Somme battlefield and had a long talk with us about the importance of remembrance. On the back of this he is pushing Parliament to add more trips of this nature.

     We now have a link with a local soldier, Harold Hughes, who was killed at Ypres and lost for a while until he was identified by a letter in his pocket. Thea and Daizie wrote him a letter about Stroud today and our values at Archway; the sort of ideals which soldiers still fight for. We left the letter on his grave at Tyne Cot. Many other visitors stopped to read the letter and it made them smile. We feel that we know Harold, just a little now and he was in our thoughts when we held our silence at school on 11th November.

     As a trio we have lots and lots of follow up work to complete, as we are part of a group called Legacy 110. If we each tell one hundred and ten people about the battles of The Great  War and other staff and students who visit do the same, then we will have told as many people as were killed in the war.