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Belgium Visit 2015




In November 2015, 34 students from Churchill Community College travelled to Ypres, Belgium as part of their studies in order to learn more about the First World War.  Whilst away students stayed at the Peace Village Hostel which was designed specifically to allow young people to travel to Belgium to learn all about the soldiers who fought there from 1914-1918 and also to investigate the part that this country had to play in The Great War.


With the help of our WWI guide, Simon Louagie, students followed the life of George Boothby, a soldier who fought and died during the war, and heard the letters that were written between him and his secret love, Edith whilst visiting various locations where the officer had been stationed during the war.   Our students visited a number of sites including Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world and the Armistice Day ceremony at the Menin Gate on 11th November 2015.  The trip ended with a visit to the smallest cemetery in Ypres which is also the resting place of George Boothby where students laid a wreath.

Students and staff all had a great time and learned a great deal during the course of the five day visit and are ready to share their knowledge back at Churchill Community College.