PUPILS who went on a trip to learn about medicine during the First World War found a soldier’s grave from their school’s town.

GCSE students from Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley visited the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground in Ypres in Belgium.

The guide thought the school visited the site because it is where the resting place of Tyldesley-born George William Burton lies.

George was a gunner in the Fifth Royal Field Artillery before he died in battle at the age of 28 on May 29, 1916.

History teacher Danielle Causby said: “Railway Dugouts is not widely visited but we went because it has preserved trenches where a casualty clearing station was based.

"When the guide showed us George Burton’s grave it really resonated with the pupils as he come from the same place as them.

"I think this trip will really stick with the students and staff who were there."

Wooden crosses with Fred Longworth High School badges, which is also the crest for Tyldesley, were laid at the soldier’s resting place.

The school are hoping to make the trip to Railway Dugouts an annual one.

There were 41 pupils and five members of staff who went on the trip.

As well as Railway Dugouts, the group went to other memorials such as Newfoundland memorial park and sanctuary wood.

If you have any information about George Burton, who was the son of William and Charlotte, contact the school on 01942 883796.