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World War II Veteran Visit

We were privileged to welcome WWII veteran Private Lieutenant Roger Dimsdale into our class on Monday 10th November as part of our World War theme week in school. Roger came in especially to talk to us about WW1 and WWII. We found out lots of valuable and interesting information including how animals such as cats, dogs, horses and pigeons were useful in the wars. We also learned about life in the trenches (deep ditches dug into the ground on the front line) and the cold, damp, dirty, rat-infested quarters where soldiers lived and slept. We found out how, on Christmas day in 1914, soldiers from both sides enjoyed a game of football together! They even exchanged food and gifts -it was known as the Christmas Truce.

Roger even showed us his medals and demonstrated how his steel hat was not only used as a protective hat, but also a bowl to drink and eat out of! Take a look at the photos...