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Stuff your pockets with lots of grub

Description of film

Henry explains that the kitchens are about a mile from the front line trenches. He describes how different types of food are carried up to the front. He explains that communication trenches used to carry the food were sometimes shelled and as a result the troops went hungry.


This clip is one of fourteen clips in which actor John Gregor recreates a Great War soldier called Henry Fairhurst of the Barnsley Pals. Here he talks about food and supplies in general.

Interesting or important points about the film

In all of these clips of Henry Fairhurst it is important to be aware that the actor is reconstructing a character from the past. He is using original source material and other research to create what he thinks is a plausible reconstruction of the thoughts and views of a private in the Barnsley Pals. When watching each clip it is important that viewers consider whether they feel the information given is accurate, but much more importantly whether they feel the tone and emphasis the actor gives to particular issues is in line with their own reading of the evidence from the time.

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Further information
Sub categoryThe Great War
FilmStuff your pockets with lots of grub
ProducerThe National Archives
Year1917 / 2006
DateNot known