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WW1 trenches recreated for Scottish pupils

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P7 pupils from schools around Ullapool are involved in the project

A World War One trench system has been recreated near Ullapool as part of a school history project.

P7 pupils from Ullapool, Lochinver, Achultibuie, Badcaul and Scoraig primaries in Wester Ross are involved.

The trenches were dug in a farmer’s field before features such as wooden boards, steps and sandbags were added.

The pupils, who have been researching a book written by a war widow in 1918 called The Men of Lochbroom, have also had a “battle” using laser tag guns.

  • The Highlands’ forgotten trenches of World War One

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The children have been trying to understand the conditions faced by soldiers who were from their communities

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The trenches took 13 days to build

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Veterans charity Outpost has been working with the schools project, called The Men Of Lochbroom Through The Eyes Of The Children Of Lochbroom.

The trench lines were dug by machine.

Building the trench features took 13 days, with Ullapool High School teacher Jemma Middleton, Carl Burns and a local volunteer, Jack Maclean, working 15 hour-long days to complete the trenches and “battlefield”.

Other volunteers helped out when they could.

Heritage Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland has provided funding to the project.

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Jemma Middleton was part of the small army of volunteers who constructed the trenches and battlefield

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Jemma Middleton

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Building the trenches involved some hard work by the team of volunteers

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Jemma Middleton

A community open day is to be held at the site on Sunday.

Ms Middleton said the pupils’ laser gun “battle” offered them an insight into life in the trenches

She said: “The students found it very frustrating that they couldn’t just run around and hide behind things which gave them a real understanding of what the men faced and were shocked by this.”

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The pupils used laser tag guns in a mock battle

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An aerial view of the trenches

She added: “We are also holding a recreation of the Christmas Day truce football match on that day which will see the local men’s team take on the children’s team played in no man’s land.”

The battlefield is to be made available to other schools.

Twenty bookings have been made already from schools as far afield as Glasgow.

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Other schools have booked slots to visit the project site

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