Schoolgirl visits grave of her great, great grandfather on a school trip to First World War battlefields

Year 9 Christopher Whitehead Language College student Olivia Charles stands beside the grave of her great, great grandfather Alfred Francis at Ypres

Year 9 Christopher Whitehead Language College student Olivia Charles stands beside the grave of her great, great grandfather Alfred Francis at Ypres

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A schoolgirl from Worcester was able to stand at the grave of her great, great grandfather thanks to a school trip to the battlefields of the First World War.

Olivia Charles found the grave of her relative, Alfred Francis, at Tyne Cot Cemetary , in Northern France.

He was killed in action during the First World War, although her family do not know how he died.

Her pilgrimage came as part of a trip organised by her school Christopher Whitehead Language College to raise awareness of the First World War and bring history alive.

Head of Humanities David Farmer said: "We have done a number of events towards world war one.

"We organised a trip to Northern France and stayed near Ypres in Belgium.

"We went on a three day trip to learn a bit more about the battlefields in line with the commemoration of the 100 years."

He added: "Olivia's brother visited Ypres two years ago and she really wanted go and see the site where her great, great grandfather had died.

"She was quite moved and it was really quite a special day for her.

"It made the trip particularly poignant for the students."

40 year 9 pupils from the St John's school went on the trip organised by history teacher Gemma Monger.

The pupils visited a First World War trench, a Flanders Museum and went to two cemeteries, one British and one German.

Mr Farmer said: "It's part of a series of events the school are using to raise awareness of the First World War.

"We are putting together a book of stories from students and staff about conflicts in the past century."

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