Harrogate students’ Belgian war experience

The platoon prepares to march, with Rossett School students taking on the roles of soldiers who fought on the Western Front in the First World War. (S)
The platoon prepares to march, with Rossett School students taking on the roles of soldiers who fought on the Western Front in the First World War. (S)
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Harrogate students have been in the Belgian trenches, taking in the platoon experience while on a school trip.

Rossett School history pupils were each given the story of a different British private and followed their experience through a day to find a new perspective of the conflict.

History teacher Rowena McFarlane said: “It was the first time we had taken part in the platoon experience and it was a really worthwhile exercise.

“It allowed students to appreciate first hand just how soldiers would have been feeling as they prepared to fight for the first time. The students were very interested in what they found out and I am sure the experience will stay with them for many years to come.”

During the trip the group also visited some of the memorials to fallen soldiers and even found names of their ancestors.

Student Rachel Precious, 15, said: “The trip made the scale of the war much more real because Thiepval Memorial was covered with so many names. I was happy that I was able to find my family link.”