On Friday 3rd July twenty-five students accompanied by three members of staff from the History Department embarked on a four day visit to Ypres as part of our World War I studies. Our visit included visiting the Menin Gate and witnessing the Last Post ceremony together with various trench sites, museums and of course many of the War grave sites. Our students gained a deeper understanding of what happened in places such as the Somme and of what the soldiers on the front line experienced.
We had the good fortune to have the most fantastic weather during our stay. In addition we were aided by a fantastic Tour Guide who on our final day took us to the grave of a local soldier from Chertsey, Thomas Atkins. Such a name reflects all of the key strengths of a British soldier and it was entirely fitting that we were able visit his burial site before departing from our Battlefields tour back to Chertsey.