Year 9 Ypres Visit

9 Burgess and 9 Mackenzie has returned from the annual History trip to Ypres.  This year has been a particularly poignant visit, almost exactly 100 years after the end of the conflict.  The years have not condemned; each visit to the battlefields and cemeteries by Langton students renews our connection across the years with the young men of the school who gave their lives in the conflict.  Our house founders were commemorated.  We had the honour of laying a wreath at the daily Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, which again was particularly moving this year, and very well attended.  With visits to Tyne Cot, Langemark, The Thiepval Memorial, the Sunken Lane, the Hawthorne and Lochnagar craters, the Newfoundland Park Memorial and Canada Farm Cemetery, the students were immersed in the stories of heroism, struggle and tragedy of the war.   At the Hooge Crater Museum, they were able to experience the sound of a Lee Enfield rifle being fired, and to stand in reconstructed trenches to get a first-hand experience of trench warfare.  They return to Canterbury with a deep understanding of the war gained through experiencing the battlefields, and observing the grave markers with their own eyes is an invaluable part of their historical education.  Another highlight, naturally, was the evening visit to the picturesque square in the centre of Ypres, and particularly the chocolate shop, where much was bought, and much consumed.  See our Facebook page for lots more photos and a short video.