It’s a slightly odd holiday that we’ve returned from, attending a fascinating Archaeology Summer School with Battlefield Partnerships on aspects of WW1 and the Somme battles.
It seems to be a surprisingly popular activity to visit the WW1 battlefield sites. Apparently lots of schoolchildren do. Although few organisations, if any, have the academic rigour and archaeological pedigree of Andy Robertshaw of Dr David Kenyon of Battlefield Partnerships.
Neither of us knew much about WW1, apart from the immense sacrifice of human life. We return with an appreciation of the war, trench warfare, cavalry warfare, and have visited some of the battlefield sites of the Battle of the Somme of 1st July 1916.
Near the Serre Road No.2 Cemetery, David Kenyon, who calls himself a conflict archaeologist, and Andy showed us the site that was an episode in the TV programme Finding the Fallen, in which they uncovered the remains of three soldiers. Subsequent to the programme they arranged for a small memorial to be erected to the event [see photos]. The small selection of photos are of Serre Road No.2 cemetery, the field in which they found the three soldiers, and a refurbished trench.