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Somme Heritage Centre

Our class visited the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards.  Our guide Matthew gave us a weapons talk and then showed us around the displays.  We went down a time tunnel which brought us back to prewar where we learned about Home Rule, recruitment and the important role of women before heading 'across to France' to the dugouts and the Trench Experience.
Going to be a soldier
An allied hand grenade aka a pineapple
The allied helmet kept soldiers safe.
In the trenches
Sounding the air raid signal at the front line
Joining the Army
The new recruit gets kitted out!!
Room 8 have their machine gun at the ready
In the trenches
Vickers machine gun
Matthew shows us the Enfiled Rifle
Keeping safe under the tin helmet
Taking aim.
keep your heads low!!
New recruiting officer and soldier
Front line hospital
German hand grenade-the Cricket ball
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