Humber Regiments on the Western Front

Teachers' notes, discussion and activity ideas

This page suggests ways in which the material within this resource can be used as prompts for discussion and/or activities. 

Curriculum links:

KS3/4 History – World War One
KS3/4 Citizenship – Dealing with conflict, types of conflict

Learning objectives: 

  • Knowledge of the ways in which men from the Humber took part in the war on the Western Front
  • Understanding that experiences of the Front were varied and diverse
  • Skills in analysing and interpreting historical evidence

Discussion ideas:

Watch the film about Arthur and Sydney Markham (see Video link below). Compare it with the film about Leonard May in the section on the East Riding Yeomanry.
  • What are the similarities and differences between Leonard May and the Markham brothers? Ask students to watch both films and write down the similarities and differences.

    You could use categories to help them (for example, how they each joined the war, or the evidence for their daily lives in the letters they wrote home).

    What conclusions can we draw about a ‘typical’ soldier’s experience in the First World War? 

  • According to the BBC (see Related Links at the bottom of the page), 88% of soldiers who fought in the trenches survived. Do we place too much emphasis on the men who died during the First World War, rather than those that survived? 

Activity ideas: 

  • Use the top photograph above of the 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials). Compare it with the photograph of the same battalion in the ‘Joining Up’ section. What similarities and differences can you note? How useful are the photographs as evidence of the impact of war? 

  • Download the PDF of Charles Johnson’s diary (see Downloads link below). Split the class into pairs or groups, and give each group a section of the diary to focus on. Ask the group to analyse what Charles was doing during that time period and make a plan of his daily routine. 

    - How much time did Charles spend under fire and how much in reserve trenches or rest camp? 
    - What kind of work is Charles involved in when he is not fighting?
    - What leisure activities is he involved in?
    - Which parts of the diary are the most detailed, and why do you think that is?
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