Trip Abroad Brings Home Truth of War; EDUCATION: History Is Brought to Life When Students Are Able to Make Connections

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Trip Abroad Brings Home Truth of War; EDUCATION: History Is Brought to Life When Students Are Able to Make Connections


Byline: By Steve Evans

SMILES masked the solemnity as students from Nuneaton ventured across the Channel to pay homage to the fallen heroes of the First World War

Fifty teenagers from Nuneaton's King Edward VI College made a special pilgrimage to the battlefields in Belgium and France.

They gathered for a group photograph in the summer sunshine at Tyne Cot - the largest military cemetery on the Western Front - but their smiles hid the pain of what they had been confronted by.

David Butcher, the college's English master, said: "Many of them were very moved to see the names and the ages of those who died in battle.

"For the students, it was a realisation that some of the soldiers who gave their lives were actually no older than them."

It was the eighth time the trip had been organised by the college to help teenagers studying First World War poetry as part of their English literature syllabus.

The students spent two days in Belgium, around the Ypres area, and a day in France, looking at the Somme battlefield. …

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