Eskdale pupils retrace family war history

Kieran Storr & Tilly Adamski who are setting off for a tour of french battlefields

Kieran Storr & Tilly Adamski who are setting off for a tour of french battlefields

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How did the First World War affect ordinary people?

This is the one of the major questions being asked to two students from Eskdale School as they embark on a journey of discovery on the government funded First World War Centenary Battlefield tours Programme.

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, the names of both Kieran Storr and Tilly Adamski were drawn out of a hat in class, allowing them the opportunity to take part in the £5.3m government scheme which starts today.

The aim of the scheme is to provide the opportunity for a minimum of two students and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit battlefields on the Western Front before 2019.

The trip will bear a local focus as the two students trace the history of their own ancestors.

The scheme involves four days in Belgium visiting various battlefields and cemeteries and attending the Ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

It is held every evening in Ypres, Belgium, as a tribute to the courage and self sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their own town.

Each day will be packed with different activities and questions surrounding Britain’s role in the First World War and the importance of its remembrance today.