The students will visit the Menin Gate this morning and journey to Hill 60, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery and Tyne Cot Cemetery.
In the evening they will return to Ieper and again attend the Menin Gate Service.
Photos from the Menin Gate Service been added to the gallery.
Bruges and Ieper
Raphael Wixted and Callum Young
We had an early start, leaving from Brussels and travelling to Bruges. The trip took about an hour, in which many took the opportunity to sleep. Arriving in Bruges, we were greeted by a shower of hail and gusts of wind; reason enough for scarf and beanies.
Bus B began their time in Bruges with a cruise around the canals. Meanwhile, Bus A had the chance to see the Belfry Tower and then the groups switched giving everyone a chance to do both.
The cruise was magnificent, with many wonderful sights and scenes viewed by the group. Our time in Bruges ended with shopping, in which many bought, and ate, many grams of chocolate.
We hopped back on the buses and drove to the nearby town of Ieper. During the hour long trip, we watched a movie, in which the story of the battle of Ypres was explained. Soon, we arrived near the town of Ieper. Immediately, we were wonderstruck by the sheer beauty of the small town. The style of the many buildings, and the impact this had, was astonishing. The major sights were the Cloth Hall and the Menin Gate.
After stopping at our hotel, our group had an orientation talk at the Menin Gate. This was followed by a tour of the Cloth Hall, in which the Flanders Fields Museum is held. Unfortunately, our time was a bit short; however we were still able to be touched by the exhibit.
Our tour of the museum was followed by a visit to a local chocolate shop. We were given an explanation of the process in which chocolate is made; even receiving a free sample. A special deal was offered to us all, as well as some free products. Moments later we had all spent our money and were carrying our prized possessions.
Dinner was had, and then the entire tour group made their way to the Menin Gate. We took our positions and then waited for the service to begin. It was quite brief, but the impact was phenomenal. Our choir sang brilliantly, and set an amazing atmosphere. Afterwards, we were given time to wander, and many took the chance to gaze at the many names listed as having no known grave.
At the end of the day, we can all look back on our experiences with a mix of emotions. It was a wonderful day and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Today the students will remember:
Private James Edward Allen 241K
Sapper James Skillen 187K
Private William Joseph Bourke 335K
Private Arthur Montague Alchin 274K
Captain Sydney Stanna Bond 259K
Private George Henry Andrews 156K
Lieutenant Andrew Anderson 220K
Private Robert David Jobson 630K
Private Albert Henri Menere 479K
Corporate Martin Mary Reynolds 443K
Private Alfred Charles Roth 863K
Private Josiah Allen 158K
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