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Year 9 History Trip - Northern France & Belgium

Year 9 History Trip - Northern France & Belgium

On Friday 12thFebruary Farringtons ‘Pals’ left their training camp for the fields of Flanders. After a pleasant Channel crossing, the battalion reached its billet at the Chateau in Northern France.

Over the next few days the battalion completed tours of duty in the trenches at Sanctuary Wood, Hill 60 and Passchendaele. At the latter, we gained first hand experience of life underground in an impressive bunker system with dorms, officers dugouts, nine shafts, communal areas, a machine shop, a first aid area and the latrines (phew)!

We then transferred to the Somme and Arras where we were yet again put underground in the mines and tunnels dug out by the New Zealanders until we were ready for the ‘off’ and our attack on the enemy trenches. As a result of this assault the Battalion captured the enemy trenches at Croonart Wood. Then as our tour of duty was coming to an end we were allowed some ‘R&R’ in ‘Wipers’ (Ypres), where much money was spent on, you guessed it, chocolate and where we enjoyed a lovely evening meal.

The Battalion was even lucky enough to visit a chocolate factory before returning back to ‘Blighty’ and the safety and comfort of our homes and families on Monday 15th.

The Battalion Commander would like to thank Captains I. Mosqueron and S. Mirkovic for marshalling their troops in an exemplary fashion, as well as the Battalion itself for their exemplary conduct.

This report was written on behalf of Field Marshall D. Nancekievill

By General K. Wilson


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