Manor Primary children to host World War 1 day in Eastbourne

Children from Manor Primary School in Uckfield will be helping to host a World War 1 Day at the Redoubt Military Museum and Fortress in Eastbourne tomorrow (Saturday, April 16).

Some children from Year 5 will be there with their teachers showing artwork about the home front in World War 1.

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Children at Manor Primary School create old money at a World War 1 research session.

The event is part of a research project Manor children are involved in to find out what it was like for those left at home during the war, worried about husbands, fathers, brothers or sons away fighting and about how women and children survived, while the main bread winner was away, on a separation allowance of 12 shillings and sixpence.

Working at the Redoubt with Manor children will be young people from Year 8 in Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne who are working with Eastbourne PALS to trace family members from The Royal Sussex Regiment, and the Battle of Boar’s Head, known locally as The Day Sussex Died.

The battle, in Richebourg, France, took place on June 30, 1916, and more than 1,000 Sussex men were killed or wounded.

The attack was a crucial strategic manoeuvre to deflect atention from the attack at the Somme further to the north which was due to start the next day. Both battles resulted in a tragic loss of life.

Both the Manor and Bishop Bell projects have been made possible with Heritage Lottery Fund grants, co-ordinated by the charity Sound Architect Creative Media, and many individuals and organisations have worked together to make the World War 1 Day happen.

Chris Richards from Eastbourne PALS will give a free public talk on the Battle of Boars Head, and Lucy Noakes from Gateways to the First World War will give a free public talk on the Home Front.

The day runs from 10am until 1pm in a special exhibition space at the Redoubt which is one of only three surviving Napoleonic Redoubts in the UK.

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