Tailor-made Trips to WWI Battlefields

The First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts ever historically recorded and one of the largest wars in the world. The Great War as it was known was partly responsible for massive political changes that have stood strong to this day and the courage of the soldiers on the Battlefields of WWI is well documented.

Therefore school trips to the WWI Battlefields will give your students a brilliant educational opportunity to really comprehend the events of 1914-1918. This educational tour will take you to some of the world’s most famous battle grounds, memorials and cemeteries in the Somme, Ypres and Verdun locations.

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In Flanders Fields Museum

This has been modernized. Audio-visual material has been introduced and the emphasis has become more reactive. Students are given tickets which enable them, for instance, to follow the history of a soldier, civilian or nurse in the Salient. Three ‘person-booths’ which are operated by the bar code on their ticket give the historical details. There are excellent and very detailed work sheets.

Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum

An important and popular site. Besides a small museum, it contains an excellent example of first World War trenches complete with dugouts and communication trenches. The museum is owned by the family Schier who have preserved this small part of the front more or less intact since 1919. It is called Sanctuary Wood because in 1914 it was a quiet area where troops, cut off from their units, could be gathered together and eventually sent back to their corrects battalions.

Talbot House

It opened in December 1915 and was the inspiration of the Reverend Neville Talbot who named it after his brother, Lieutenant Gilbert Talbot (who is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery). He immediately set about making the house an oasis of peace and ‘normality’. He was so successful that after the War the Toc H (military signallers code for Talbot House) Movement was founded to help the unemployed and keep alive the ‘brotherhood of the trenches’.

Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing

This is the largest British military cemetery in the world. 11,871 soldiers This is the largest British military cemetery in the world. 11,871 soldiers are buried here and at the further end there are panels registering the names of soldiers who have no known grave. The Cemetery is built on a ridge from which there is a good view over the Salient to Ypres in the distance. Its position therefore explains why it was so hard to seize and the advantages of occupying it.are buried here and at the further end there are panels registering the names of soldiers who have no known grave. The Cemetery is built on a ridge from which there is a good view over the Salient to Ypres in the distance. Its position therefore explains why it was so hard to seize and the advantages of occupying it.

Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel

It consists of 80 acres of land purchased by the Government of Newfoundland after the end of the War to commemorate the attack of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, which failed after sustaining nearly 800 casualties. As it is so clearly laid out you will probably find that it is the most useful battlefield site on the Somme for practical fieldwork.

Poperinge

Poperinge was the forward base for the whole of the Ypres Salient and was therefore completely surrounded by training camps, depots and hospitals. Many Belgian refugees from Ypres also tried to find shelter here. It was, too, the first place behind the lines where soldiers could find some form of relief from the horrors of life in the trenches.

St. George’s Memorial Church (in Elverdingstraat)

It was built in 1928-29 as a place of worship for the British colony in Ypres, most of which were employed by the Imperial Graves Commission. It is now a memorial to all those who died in the Salient. It is worth a visit only if time permits as it tells us more about the inter-war British colony in Ypres than it does the War.

Hill 60

A very interesting and compact site which illustrates some important facts about the Ypres Salient and the fighting in it. There is a German bunker, which British troops took over and added to. It was also used in the Second World War. The remains of the craters can be seen, which were the product of the work of tunnelling experts. The best preserved is Caterpillar Crater in private grounds across the railway line. Facing the road is a memorial to the Australian tunnellers.



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