Staff and students from Amersham & Wycombe College’s Public Services Department have visited the final resting places in Belgium and France of Flackwell Heath soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Public Services students are engaged in a four-year project centred on tracing the history of Flackwell Heath servicemen following their lives from the Buckinghamshire village to the front line in mainland Europe.
The visit took place over the remembrance week and included wreath laying ceremonies at the Menin Gate, Hooge Crater Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium and the placing of remembrance crosses at the graves or memorials of fallen Flackwell Heath soldiers.
The journey began some weeks ago with students visiting the National Archives at Kew to research the Flackwell Heath soldiers from 1914-18 under guidance of First World War historian Mark Offord. Students found war diaries, individual honours and other information from which they used as a foundation for additional research conducted at museums, memorials and cemeteries visited in France and Belgium.
On the evening of Monday 10th November 2014 the students participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Menin Gate where student Caitlin Hicks laid a wreath on behalf of the College. Further wreaths were laid during the trip with a final one laid by student Usman Mehdi at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest military cemetery in Northern Europe.
This research not only provides valuable supporting information for the student course work but will provide the foundation for a display to be held at Wycombe Museum early next year. Should you have any information or memorabilia that you would like to share, please contact either Rob Offord or Mick Forsdick at Amersham and Wycombe College at : [email protected]