History Battlefields Trip – March 2016

Mr Young  and 3 Year 9 students represented the school on the 2016 Equity March 2016 Battlefields Tour. This tour involved three students and one member of staff from schools in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Kent going on a four day tour of the World War One Battlefields. Our itinerary consisted of:

  • Visit to Grosvenor Hall, Ashford.
  • Ypres, Belgium
  • The Somme, France.

We stayed at the Flanders Lodge in Ypres.

The main focus questions for the trip were:

  • How did the war effect ordinary people?
  • Was the Battle of the Somme a complete disaster for the British?
  • How important is remembrance one hundred years on?

One of our groups main tasks was to track down a soldier from the Winchcombe war memorial who had died during the First World War. We were able to do this on the last day at Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.

The soldier was Private HCW Stewart, 22, from Winchcombe who was killed in action on 4th October 1917 at the battle of Passchendaele or Third Ypres.

We also used the Commonwealth War Graves website to find the grave of Fred Major at Cambrai, from Coates, Cheltenham Road, Winchcombe who died in 1915 but we were unable to visit the grave.

We laid a wreath for HCW Stewart on behalf of the school.