Cressex Community School Students Travel To First World War Battlefields
Two year 10 students from Cressex Community School travelled to the World War I battlefields of the Western Front this summer as part of a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Emma and Lauryn joined hundreds of students from other state schools from across the UK on a journey that took them to the historical cities and sites caught up in the battle for Europe.
Before departing our shores, the girls undertook research on a local soldier – Lance Corporal George William Peddle of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry – who had fought and died on the battlefields of the Western Front, ten days before Christmas, 1915, aged just 20. Over the four days of the trip, Emma and Lauryn visited war memorials, cemeteries and fields that were turned into battlegrounds – all of which provided a powerful story of young lives cut short.
On the final day, the girls sought out and found “their” fallen soldier – George Peddle – etched on one of the 100+ panels of names of war dead at the largest allied cemetery, Tyne Cot.
“The trip was very moving. It's hard to believe these beautiful areas of France and Belgium were once battle grounds where so many young people lost their lives. It is amazing to see how World War One still has such an impact on us even 100 years on,” said Emma.