Ribblesdale pupils pay respects at Somme battlefield

Pupils pay their respects at Somme
Pupils pay their respects at Somme

THIRTY-EIGHT pupils from Ribblesdale High School’s history department visited the Somme area of France and the Ypres area of Belgium to visit British, Canadian, Australian and German First World War cemeteries and trenches.

The group of Year 8 pupils also attended the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belguim, which is where four of the pupils laid a wreath to show their respect to those who lost their lives or were injured in the battle. The pupils were Connor Stevens, Hannah Whitehead, Sophia Fulwell and Tafhim Chowdhury.

A spokesman said: “Many of our pupils had researched the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to discover if they had a family member commemorated at the Menin Gate or one of the other cemeteries we visited. Those pupils who did not have a relative there had researched a local man with their surname. This enabled all pupils to pay their respects to deceased family members or men with a local connection.”