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Life in the trenches

Holding some of the WW1 artefacts are, from left, Katie Searle, Elin Smith, Holly Mottram, Louie Debenam, James Robey, Danny Ballard and Zak Capp. (Lin)

Holding some of the WW1 artefacts are, from left, Katie Searle, Elin Smith, Holly Mottram, Louie Debenam, James Robey, Danny Ballard and Zak Capp. (Lin)

Year nine students at Caistor Grammar School got a taste of the trenches with an interesting and very informative WW1 history talk.

Andrew Spooner, Skylark Living History, presented a living history of an infantryman’s daily life showing many original artefacts, which were used to demonstrate every day life in the trenches and the personal deprivation soldiers experienced during their tour on the front line.

The students were told of the hardships the men endured, the diseases they suffered, the food they were given and how thousands died during the conflict.

In order for students to get a feel of how life must have been for the soldiers, they were given the opportunity to handle machine guns, barbed wire, entrenching tools, grenades, periscopes and artillery shells as well as personal equipment needed for everyday living.

A letter, written by Nurse Katie Payne Hodge and sent home to the family of Frederick Tatman who suffered gas-gangrene, was also read by Mr Spooner to the students.

“It has been really interesting to learn so many details about the war,” said student James Robey.

“A fascinating talk.”

 

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