The UK entered the First World War at 23.00 on the 4th August 1914, 100 years ago.
In October 2011 myself and a group of five students of different nationalities had the opportunity to visit the World War One battle fields in Belgium and northern France prior to attending a student conference in the UK.
Personally, the three days that I spent visiting the battlefields, was one of the most moving and significant learning experiences that I have ever experienced. I was extremely grateful to have such a knowledgeable guide and passionate historian with us, bringing real meaning and context to every site we visited. I am determined to return again in the near future, hopefully sometime during the next four years – the 1st July 2016, to commemorate the fist day of the Battle of Somme would be particularly special – and share my thoughts and experiences with my own children.
I would like to share with you this four minute video clip that the five students put together for our Remembrance assembly the following November back at school. I think it gives a powerful perspective through their own eyes and I hope that they too realise the significance of the next four years when they reflect on their memories, emotions and the impact visiting the battlefields had upon them.
(film by: Ha Eun, Mae, Nancy, Daniel and Nine)