Life in the TrenchesDaily Routine Lesson starter: What do you think would have been the worst part of living in trenches? give reasons for your answer.
Today we will… • Explain the daily duties of a soldier in the trenches
I can… • Write about an ordinary day in the trenches in a ‘letter home from the Trenches’
The daily routine we will learn about today is that of a front-line soldier • Soldiers spent around a week at the front followed by some time ‘behind the lines’
As we move through the soldier’s itinerary, take notes in your jotter. • You will write a diary entry at the end, describing a typical day in the trenches
05:00 • ‘Stand to’ at daybreak • Most likely time for enemy attack – soldiers had to be on guard • Nicknamed ‘the daily hate’
07:30 • ‘Stand down’ – dangerous time over • Breakfast time while some remained on guard
08:00 • Duties or ‘fatigues’ assigned • Repairing trenches, cleaning rifles, fetching equipment • Some did sentry duty
19:00 • ‘Stand to’ at dusk
20:00 • period of great activity • Barbed wire replaced, spying commenced • Flares went off constantly to light up No-Mans land
21:00 onwards • Those not on sentry duty ate, wrote letters, sang, smoked, played cards and chatted with friends
A soldier’s rations If you were lucky enough to be near a field kitchen, you could rely on a hot meal. Usually bacon and eggs. • Bread • Hard biscuits • Bully (tinned) beef • Tinned jam and butter • Tea and sugar • Pork fat and beans • Rum or porter • Cigarettes & tobacco Many soldiers asked for good from home like toffee, chocolate and candles.
A Day in the Trenches • Imagine you were a soldier on the front line. Write a letter home describing a typical day in the trenches. • Use the notes from this lesson to describe your day in the trenches. • Remember that most soldiers would ask for things to be sent from home!
Soldier Name: A QuigleySoldier Number: 67453322Today’s date 1915 Dear Mum/ Dad/ Granny/ Dog, I have now been away from home for six months. I thought I’d write you a letter to let you know what a typical day on the front line is like…