How typical was Albert Edwin Rippington’s experience of war?
‘…if you ever meet a chap that says he wants to go back call him a liar’.
These are words penned by Albert Edwin Rippington, an employee of the Audit Office for the Great Western Railway. Albert, along with many of his colleagues, had enlisted to fight in the First World War. He was wounded in action and wrote about his experiences from his hospital bed back in England. Albert was clearly deeply affected by his time in the trenches, but how typical was his experience?
Exploring a range of letters written by soldiers who enlisted from the Great Western Railway to fight, students will investigate these men’s experiences of war; the conditions in the trenches and in reserve, and the impact that these experiences had on their morale and health of these men.
Connections to the curriculum:
- KS3: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
- KS4: Edexcel: Option 11. The British Sector of the Western Front
Available as: Virtual classroom. Find out more about the types of session we offer.