Harris Academy pupils have taken an educational trip to Belgium and France in time for Remembrance Day.
In the last week of October the 1st Harris Pals Battalion comprising 40 pupils and five staff officers departed Harris Academy to follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s First World War soldiers and pay respects to the fallen.
History teacher Ewan MacDonald said: “Members of 1st Harris Pals experienced a glimpse of what life was like in the trenches of First World War at Sanctuary Wood and witnessed first-hand the brutality of subterranean mine warfare through visits to the Pool of Peace, Lochnagar mine crater, and Hill 60.
“Emotional visits to places such as Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial, 51st Highland Division Memorial on the Somme, and Essex Farm Cemetery (where John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields) allowed an invaluable insight into Scotland’s sacrifice and why we should remember the fallen of the First World War.
“A visit to Poelcappelle British Cemetery opened our eyes to the vast number of unknown soldiers who were killed during the conflict.
“From the 7,479 Commonwealth soldiers laid to rest there, there are 6,230 who are unidentified.
“Pupils took a grave each, placed a poppy, and gave a name to their unknown soldier.
“The 1st Harris Pals Battalion were particularly honoured to be allowed to lay a wreath at the wall of remembrance at the Menin Gate during the Last Post ceremony on Thursday November 1.
“Rose Porteous, Beth Brown, and Eoin Smith did Dundee proud in the manner they carried themselves during an extremely emotional ceremony.
“Attached to the wreath was the Harris Academy crest and message of remembrance from all pupils, staff, and our head teacher.
“Following the Last Post ceremony the 1st Harris Pals paid a last farewell in a ceremony of their own at Artillery Wood Cemetery where pupils laid a wreath, made a reading, and lit candles of remembrance.”