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History at Stepgates

In October the children had a visit from two gentlemen from Chertsey Museum. During the course of the day, the children learned what it was like to be a soldier during WW1.

 

Some of the children were given the opportunity to try on authentic WW1 army uniforms and to feel the weight of the equipment that the men had to carry.

 

Max Stone wrote about the visit:

"100 years ago there was a battle called World War One. They had to live in trenches. In the trenches they got a horrible disease called trench foot. It's called trench foot because their feet got rotten and sore. The food that they had was not like today. Food was in tins so that meant there was no fresh food. The biscuits they had were rock solid and they crumbled it up in to a stew. Another disease they got was caused by rats and the rats sometimes gave you a bite o n the ear. The gas masks were very important in the First World War because the gas was very poisonous".

 

 

Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates, Chertsey,
  • Surrey, KT16 8HT,
  • United Kingdom
  • Telephone: 01932 563022
  • Email: info@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
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