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Pupils, from left, Logan Thorpe, Charlie Harris, Callum Gooch and Bobby Williams, with teacher Shane Speck, learn about life in the army 100 years ago (5526988)
Pupils, from left, Logan Thorpe, Charlie Harris, Callum Gooch and Bobby Williams, with teacher Shane Speck, learn about life in the army 100 years ago (5526988)

Pupils from a West Norfolk village school have delved into their community’s wartime past thanks to the efforts of local historians.

Youngsters from the Docking Primary School toured a specially arranged World War One exhibition by the Docking Heritage Group in Ripper Hall, the village’s social centre, last Friday.

Group secretary Helena Aldis said: “It’s an exhibition we set up four years ago to mark the centenary and it’s been on display in various places.

“It’s in three parts - the soldiers who went to war and those who died and those who came back. It also shows how the village used to be 100 years ago and where those soldiers went and the various battles.”

The youngsters were fascinated by the stories of village individuals who left the village to go to war and what happened to them.

They recognised photographs of buildings that had little changed despite the passage of time though the businesses and shops no longer existed.

Mrs Aldis said the children recognised some family names from the beginning of the twentieth century whose descendants still lived in the village today.

“They soon got involved in the exhibition and asked a lot of questions.”

Teacher Shane Speck said the centenary had been a topic at school.

He added: “So it seemed prudent to use this resource. The children were very interested.

They looked at all the different documents and photographs and made lots of notes.

“We are planning to go back to school and make some reports and do a little more research the internet. It should give them a better understanding of what life was like one hundred years ago.”

Mrs Aldis said the popular exhibition had been displayed so many times that it was beginning to look a little worn and the group was looking for funding to restore it to its original condition.

The cost is estimated to be in the region of £2,000.



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