This week, the upper school students were given a presentation from mentor group U6Y. The theme of this week’s assembly was Remembrance. The students spoke about the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres. The battle took place on the Western Front, from July to November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres in West Flanders, as part of a strategy decided by the Allies at conferences in November 1916 and May 1917.
The battle is most famous for its appalling conditions and many of the soldiers who perished are buried at Tyne Cot cemetery, which Wilton students from year 9 have visited for the past two years. Also spoken about was LCpl William Coltman. LCpl Coltman was not only a member of the Plymouth Brethren but he was the most decorated NCO of WWI who, as a stretcher bearer, saved many lives while under enemy fire. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal (twice) and the Military medal (twice) for his bravery.