The First Wold War – A Soldiers Account

The First Wold War – A Soldiers Account

This term Year 9 pupils welcomed local historians Mr Wild and Mr Severn to the school to talk about the impact of the First World War.

Mr Severn presented a soldier’s account of the war as told through the diaries of his grandfather, James Bernard Weaver.

Whilst serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers, James was seriously injured on the first day of the battle of the Somme, which on that first day alone, saw more than 57,000 British casualties. He was duly sent home to recover from his injuries, then soon deployed back to fight, this time with the Sherwood Foresters.

It was then whilst serving with the Foresters that he was captured by the Germans and sent to one of their prisoner of war camps where he kept a detailed diary of his experience. Mr Severn very kindly read excerpts from James’ diary.

James survived the war and was awarded a distinguished conduct medal for bravery for saving his officer in the field.

Following this moving account, Mr Wild then focused on how the war affected the whole world at the time, and not just the countries involved in the conflict. He also talked specifically about the Bradford Pals and the sacrifices and significant contribution they made to the war.

Halimah Sahar was extremely proud to try on an original WWI officers uniform which is part of Mr Wild’s historical collection.