Monday, 29 November 2010

School from Le Quesnoy in Passchendaele

On Friday 26 November 2010, it was cold and wet. At 10.00AM , a class from Le Quesnoy came to perform the Platoon Experience.
The students are taken the identity of an Australian soldier and will experience October 4th 1917.
They are starting with a visit of the museum and an overall introduction to WWI.

All this was done in English! So it was not only learning about history but also language.

If you know that those students are around 14-15 years old we must confirm that they have been well disciplined and very brave. Congratulations!

The lunch was a WWI meal , a kind of stew (vegetables, potatoes and corned beef), named Tommy Tucker with mineral water. Of course , as in WWI, the lunch was taken outside

One of the young ladies was an assistant teacher of the school and she had no problem with the
language. She's from Wellington, New Zealand!

distribution of webbing , backpack and weapon

Mr. Franck Bruyére is the man who made this all possible and he was also wearing a uniform (all teachers did so)

It was raining when the weapon drill was teached

quick march in extended order on the old railway, the Road to Passchendaele

Some reflection, time for remembrance.
This is an Australian memorial marking the start of the Road to Passchendaele.

Al students are around the guide who's explaining what happened 93 years ago.

This marks the place were Lt Hart was killed after capturing the Thames Farm pill box.

How should a concrete bunker been captured?
A little bit later it was dark when the group arrived at Tyne Cot cemetery, there was also a snowstorm and everybody was wet and cold.
But they succeeded to do the whole PE.
French are tough , that's for sure!
Well done!!


  1. Dear Mr. Klerk

    I was wondering if you had any records of my grandfather's brother, Athol Hart, a New Zealander killed in France/Germany in 1918. His cemetery is at Herberturne.

    I would be grateful if you had any information.

    All the best

    Adrian Hart

  2. I'll sent you his record and some more information soon on your e-mail address.