EVERY year Sedbergh School pupils visit the battlefields of Somme and Ypres to honour the casualties.

Although it is an educational trip for the Year 10 pupils the emphasis is on impressions and feelings rather than wading through study packs.

Efforts are made to visit the graves and memorials of pupils on the trip.

This year’s trip includes six detours to visit such sites.

Pupils are given wreaths to lay and write commemorative messages.

The school holds services of remembrance at Thiepval and Tyne Cot with prayers and the playing of the Last Post and Reveille by a pupil at each.

The names of the fallen and relatives of pupils on the trip are read out and a minutes silence is held.

Back at school every Sunday at the start of each chapel service the head of school walks to the front of the chapel while the school stands in silence and he or she turns a page of the book.

And every remembrance Sunday a service is held at the Cloisters to commemorate the fallen.

The current school body together with parents and old boys gather for the service, which includes readings, hymns and a minute’s silence.