In the steps of First World War’s fallen

Students from Sir John Nelthorpe exploring trenches at Sanctuary Wood.
Students from Sir John Nelthorpe exploring trenches at Sanctuary Wood.

A moving and amazing visit - those were the sentiments expressed by Sir John Nelthorpe School students and staff when they returned from a visit to the First World War graves.

Teacher David Waite said: “It was the most moving, and most successful school trip I have ever been on.

“We visited the graves or memorials of about 50 casualties from the Brigg, Scawby, and the Wrawby area and told their stories.

“For some of them we were able to walk in the footsteps of the soldiers, across the same fields.”

The students were crossing one field with a local guide when they stumbled across British hand grenades still laying where they had been dropped nearly 100 years earlier.

They also walked through genuine trenches from 1917, and crossed the British and German front lines on foot, just as they had stood on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

“The students were moved and stunned by how many cemeteries there were in such a small area, some of which contained over a thousand bodies,” added Mr Waite.

On the last day, they chose to film their own tribute, reading out Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ at the Ramparts Cemetery, Ypres.

The students worked extremely hard, filming during the day and continuing the research up to 10pm every evening.

The film, in partnership with the town council, will be shown as part of the centenary commemorations of World War 1 in Brigg.