South African pupil to attend 100-year commemoration of the Battle of Delville Wood in France

Grade 12 pupil Wendy van Wyk from Clarendon High School for Girls in East London will on 5 July 2016 jet off to France to participate in ceremonies commemorating 100 years since the battle of Delville Wood.

The 18-year-old history student is one of three pupils, who after entering a writing competition by the South African Commemorative Delville Wood Trust, will lay a wreath on behalf of her school and her country in France.

Her interest in history and culture and her love for other countries and exploring is what drove her to write the 1500-word history essay in the first place.

She is excited to visit Paris and Longueval in the north of France. “I have been to Paris for one night previously so I experienced the energy of city life but I haven’t been to the countryside so I am quite excited”, she told the Embassy.

She expects the commemoration ceremony on 12 July to have a great impact on her and to further pique her interest in history. “For most people my age, war and what happened in history seem far away. But seeing the actual graves, knowing some of the men who died were 19 years old, that hits close to home,” she said.

Following the news of her winning essay, Wendy met with Consul of France in Cape Town Xavier d’Argoeuves and Honourary Consul in East London Alain Viaene.

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publie le 26/05/2016

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