Belgium

Tyne Cot

GGS Wreath 2 by Dave Lockwood DA12
GGS Wreath 2, a photo by Dave Lockwood DA12 on Flickr.

Last summer I was lucky enough to accompany my eldest son on a school trip to Ypres and the surrounding area.

At the end of the day the school held a poignant, simple ceremony to remember those who lost their lives in the war that was supposed to end all wars.

The teachers chose this grave at Tyne Cot, that of an unknown soldier – a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Someone who had served, not to fight but to care. The head of history pointed out that this person may have been a conscientious objector, someone who disagreed with the fighting but felt strongly enough to support the troops on the front line.

It was a very moving experience.

In the coming year the school has decided to visit the grave of every ex-pupil who had served and died in conflicts since 1914.

I hope to return to Belgium with my sons in the next couple of years to explore, but most importantly remember those who passed away.

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