Fareham pupils get a taste of life during World War One

Thomas Turner dressed in RAF uniform
Thomas Turner dressed in RAF uniform
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STUDENTS have remembered the outbreak of the First World War, writes Sally Tickner.

Henry Cort Community College in Fareham delivered a timetable which enables students to come together for whole school activities around key themes.

Staff, students and war-time experts united as part of a First World War centenary celebration.

The entire school timetable was customised to provide insight into what life was like in the trenches.

Corridors were lavishly decorated with artefacts, memoirs and medals from ancestors featuring real-life soldiers’ stories.

The students were given time to reflect on those who had lost their lives and to consider the impact of the war, and in particular to think about how they should be remembered.

In history, the students welcomed highly-regarded historian Trevor Booker who gave an engaging talk about life in the trenches, casualty treatment and the first use of gas in warfare.

He came armed with a fascinating collection of artefacts. Mr Booker was in the Royal Air Force for 37 years and served at various stations, RAF Hospitals, Joint Service Headquarters, Nato and the Ministry of Defence London.

The music, art and drama department worked together to deliver a sensational reenactment of a gas attack.

Chemistry lessons revealed how to make gas bombs and in biology, the class labs were transformed into medical treatment rooms for the wounded.