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Friday 29 April - The Somme

Students outside the tower at Villers-Bretonneux, France. The steps were filled with wreaths from the 3000 plus people who attended Anzac Day there.

The students have travelled to The Somme, visiting cemeteries and memorials.


Photos taken at Somme have been added to the gallery.

A video of a very windy wreath laying and Ode reading by Sophie Austin at Pozieres Memorial.

Student views

Day 12 The Somme

This morning we woke to very, very chilly conditions. We rugged up and began our journey to The Somme. Our morning stops included Adelaide Cemetery, where the Unknown Soldier (who is now buried at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra) was originally buried; Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery where we explored the many, many names of missing soldiers from World War 1; and the Victoria School that was built with funds raised by Australian school children after World War 1.

The afternoon saw us continue to battle the chilly weather and we visited Pozieres Memorial - where we commemorated our soldiers who were buried in Belgium - as well as Thiepval Memorial and Cemetery where 72,000 British soldiers who are missing are commemorated. We also visited battlefields and locations throughout The Somme, including the Giant Crater. There is so much to see and learn here at The Somme. We have two more days of exploring the region to go and we are eager to get the next pieces of the puzzle from World War 1.

Student commemorations

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

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