Paignton Academy Students Visit WW1 Battlefields

Paignton Academy was extremely privileged to gain a place on a government scheme that sends a select number of students to view the WW1 Battlefields in France and Belgium, whilst considering the extensive literature that came about at that time.

The packed 4-day tour included trips to several cemeteries, to pay respect to our war dead, and the fields where our men fought and gave their lives so that we could be free today. We placed a cross at the grave of a Paignton soldier, Archibald Gowman, and gave our thanks for his service.


The Academy was also extremely proud that one of our students had the privilege of being selected to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate, a ceremony that has gone on every night since 1927 and is always well attended.

This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity and will certainly enrich the cultural capital of those who attended, as we reflect on the sacrifice of the men who fought and make the most of every day.

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