On Wednesday 11 June, Year 10 pupils made their annual pilgrimage to the Ypres and Somme battlefields. With over one hundred staff and pupils attending the trip, this is always a popular and memorable visit for the RHS community. Arriving on the Ypres Salient on Wednesday, three RHS pupils, Tom Heley, Toby Buckland and Anna Tindale, laid a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the School at the Last Post Ceremony. This is always a moving event and the pupils drew many compliments on their drill, conduct and turnout at the ceremony.
Day 2 saw the trip visit the Somme region, touring the trench areas of Beaumont Hamel and the Sunken Road, as well as the mine craters at Hawthorn Ridge and Lochnagar. The opportunity to visit the Naval Division graves in Y Ravine cemetery reminded all pupils of the links RHS has to the Great War land battles. The museum at Albert provided a superb insight into the 1916 battle before the group ended the day at the imposing and thought-provoking Thiepval Memorial. Returning to the Ypres Salient on the final day, the pupils were given insights into gas warfare at Vancouver Corner, paid their respects at the German cemetery at Langemarck, toured the excellent Passchendaele Museum, and ended the tour with time for reflection at Tyne Cott cemetery.