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Sunday 1 May

WWI trenches at Bullecourt Hamel, Canadian Memorial.

The students are spending their final day at The Somme, visiting cemeteries and memorials.

Photos

Photos taken The Somme have been added to the gallery.

A video of Sophie Austin laying a wreath during the service at Villers-Bretonneaux is available to view.

Student views

Day 14 The Somme Day 3

This morning we held our final service of the tour at Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery. This was perhaps the most moving of our services as we coming to the end of our tour and can really feel the impact of all of the losses Australia suffered. The cemetery was mostly empty except for us and we were able to commemorate our remaining soldiers in quiet isolation. It was lovely after the crowds of Anzac Day.

From here we visited the remaining Australian monuments where we learnt the stories of individual battalions and the battles they fought, the decisions they made and the casualties they suffered. It is still shocking to us all when the number of casualties is quoted to us as we visit each cemetery and memorial. I think for all of us, it is the unknown soldiers on the walls at memorials or unmarked graves within cemeteries that still shake us; so many men who fought for their country who never made it to a named grave.

We also visited the Historical Museum which is dedicated to World War 1 and maps out the timeline from the start of the war until the end from the perspective of all sides. It was really interesting to see how the war was portrayed to people and how this changed during the duration of the war.

We are leaving The Somme with a very detailed picture of what it was like for our troops across the years of World War 1.

Student commemorations

Each student in the tour group researched three service personnel. Commemorations were held today for:

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