The annual Year 9 trip to visit to the World War 1 battlefields at Ypres in Belgium and the Somme in northern France took place between Wednesday 18th and Saturday 21st March this year. They visited the largest British Military cemetery - Tyne Cot - which contains the graves of almost 12,000 British war dead as well as a wall containing a further 30,000 names of the missing.

They visited the Menin Gate where the Last Post Ceremony takes place at 8pm, every day of the year. On the walls are thousands of names of fallen soldiers with no known grave.

They also visited the enormous Lochnargar crater, the Thiepval Memorial, the German cemetery at Langemarck and the unique museum which houses a collection of war memorabilia as well as preserved trenches.

The visit was rounded off by a visit to Leonidas, the Belgian chocolate shop!

read Mr Grehan's account of the trip here