REPRESENTATIVES from Sedbergh School travelled to Belgium to honour the school’s fallen in World War One.

The group travelled with guide Clive Bowery from Durham University and visited Flanders and Mons.

The 40-strong group included headmaster Andrew Fleck, bursar Peter Marshall, governors and a number of Old Sedberghians and their families.

The first Sedberghian to fall in the war was Captain Johnathan Knowles of 4th Middlesex Regiment.

Mr Fleck said: “No-one could fail to be moved by the moment of Remembrance as we honoured the first Sedberghian to die in the Great War and walked the battlefield where he fell. The Flanders Fields are redolent with history, sadness and sacrifice.

“But there was more to this pilgrimage. Our visit reaffirmed the importance that Sedbergh attaches to those who commit their lives to the service of others.”

The party attended a civic reception and pageant at St Ghislain as guests of the Middlesex Regimental Association, and a service at St George’s Church, Ypres where a club plaque was approved for dedication at a future date.

Organiser Neil McKerrow, president of the Old Sedberghian Club said: “I think we all felt an extraordinary mix of humility and sadness tinged with pride and deepest respect.”