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Letter from the Trenches

In this lesson, the students study four letters relating to a Brighton soldier in the First World War and piece together his story.

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Two letters from Private Herbert Whitehouse
Two letters of condolence to his widow
Background information: Private Percy Herbert Whitehouse
Transcripts of the letters: unedited, with original spelling
Transcripts of the letters: simplified and cut down
Photos of Menin gate
Photo of Ethel and the children
Photo of Ethel in Newport Street

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    Learning intention
  • To use and investigate a primary source
  • To ask and answer questions, using evidence from a range of sources

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