On Sunday 4th June, the 7th Pals Battalion St John’s Academy set off on the Battlefields Trip. Mrs. Nicholas led the trip with much appreciated help from Ms Boyack, Dr Templeton, Mr Hagney and Mrs Falconer. The trip was a great success with visits on the first day to the Southern Lip of Ypres Salient where we visited; Messines, Pool of Peace, Sanctuary Wood, Hooge museum, Menin Road, Hill 60 and Black Watch Corner. The Pals were able to walk through an original World War One trench and experience what it must have been like for our soldiers.
On Day two we travelled to France to The Somme Battlefields where we visited ; Newfoundland Park, Thiepval, Ulster Tower, Dartmoor Cemetery, Lochnagar Crater,and Vimy Ridge.
On our final full day we travelled around the Northern Lip of Ypres Salient with visits to: Essex Farm, Poelkappelle, Passchaendale, Tyne Cot, Langemark and finally the Menin Gate Ceremony. The Menin Gate Ceremony was a very special moment for the 7th Pals Battalion as we had the great privilege of laying a wreath at the ceremony. Finally, we had our own private ceremony in Perth Cemetery where we laid a wreath and read our own words of tribute to all whole gave their life in World War One. An excellent trip was had by all with plenty of time for reflection and thanks.