A trip to the battlefields of Flanders is a moving experience for any visitor, but for Andrew McKinna in Year 10, his recent school trip to Ypres provided him with the opportunity to carry out a personal pilgrimage and walk in the footsteps of his great grandfather.  His ancestor, Second Lieutenant Joseph Lockwood served in the trenches of WW1 and his family still have a photograph of Joseph at Hellfire Corner, so called as it was thought to be one of the deadliest junctions of the Ypres Salient.  With the expert help of our tour guide, we were able to trace the exact location where Joseph was photographed.  It’s now a busy modern road, but a memorial stone has been erected and Andrew was able to pose for his own photograph and lay a cross in memory of his great grandfather, who went onto survive the war.  It was a real honour for Andrew to be able to commemorate his ancestor in this way, and a moving occasion for all involved.

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