In November, Year 1 AS students wrapped up warmly to brave the winter cold for a day trip to the battle fields of the Somme. History students study the Western Front during WW1 as part of their examined unit on Britain’s experience of warfare. R.S (Ethics & Buddhism) students study the ethics of war and peace as part of their course on applied ethics.
Our expert guides took us to the site of the British and German front lines and led the students through role play scenarios involving soldiers going up over the top. Those who had moral reasons not to join up took on the role of conscientious objectors and became stretcher bearers. Another ‘soldier’ who disobeyed orders was later court martialled for staying with pals instead of going over the top. Students saw memorials to the pals battalions ; groups of friends who fought together and found out about the living conditions in the trenches; history student Leah Mison was interested to discover that rats as big as cats fed on corpses and spread diseases. Students also had the opportunity to examine WW1 army kit and weapons before visiting the German cemetery at dusk to pay respects to all those who lost their lives in the ‘Great War’.
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