Dunblane High Battlefields Trip 2017

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Passchendaele

Passchendaele is a name which is synonymous with horror. Today we witnessed the end result of the third battle of Ypres more commonly known as the Battle of Passchendaele.

Essex farm was first stop this was where John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields” which was great to hear read at the actual place where it was written.

Poelkapelle cemetery where some 95% of the 6500 graves are unknown here we picked a soldier to remember and placed a poppy on his grave.

We moved on to Crest Farm where the Canadians finally captured the ridge after many months of bitter fighting, both A & B companies marched to tunes played by the company pipers.

This took us to Tyne Cot cemetery the largest British military cemetery in the world. here we laid a wreath at the grave of Private George Wilson who was born in Dunblane.

We followed this up by a visit to the very somber Langemark German Cemetery again we laid two crosses one with a Red Poppy the other with a German forget me not.

The day ended with two remembrance ceremonies, the first the world famous Menin Gate ceremony and the other a very private and reflective ceremony with Company A at Polygon Wood and Company B at Poelkapelle.

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