WW1 Trench At School
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British Army Helps Local School Bring History Alive

Over a week, Shipton Bellinger Primary School, on Salisbury Plain commemorated and celebrated 100 years since the end of the First World War...

WW1 Trench At School

Over the course of a week, Shipton Bellinger Primary School on Salisbury Plain commemorated and celebrated 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The school sits on the Hampshire and Wiltshire border, with students from the local village and smaller villages surrounding Shipton Bellinger. A number of children come from Tidworth, with a service background.

To hear more about the weeks’ activities, Forces Radio BFBS Presenter, Adam Powney, spoke with former Military Intelligence Officer, turned Teacher, Lindsay Luke:

On the day Forces Radio BFBS visited, personnel from 6 Battalion REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) and 1 Battalion Royal Welsh (1RW) helped bring History alive.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for exposure for the regiment and also, it’s lovely to see children taking an interest in history” – Cpl Tom (6 REME)

The Physical Training Instructors (PTI’s) from 1RW, built an incredible assault course form the students to take part in.

It consisted of a whole variety of obstacles that would’ve been used back in training, during the First World War. As well as obstacles, still seen in training today, such as the Grenade Throw.

WW1 Obstacle

The day was kicked off with Padre Ben and Battalion Drum Major, Corporal Kris from 1RW, speaking about the importance of the Drum Head Service, while on Operations and Exercise.

Padre Ben and Cpl Kris

A large part of the morning was to show the children the traditions they uphold, including the uniform.

Assembly

Bringing the love of learning back into school, as well as bringing history alive, has been important to the events over the week.

With 50% of the children at the school, coming from a military background, it’s great to see the local regiments and schools working together.

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