Pupils see life on the front

Treasured memorabilia belonging to a First World War hero from Wirral was on display at a shopping centre in Birkenhead. Included in Lt Capt William Vass’ collection is the whistle he blew to send troops ‘over the top’ of the trenches into battle. The priceless items on display were loaned by his son, Richard, in response to an appeal for World War One photos and artefacts. Also on display are his late father’s regimental badge, a blanket he used to keep warm in the trenches, a leather belt, a pair of binoculars and photographs. The exhibition – set up in conjunction with social enterprise Big Heritage – was based in a shop unit and gave local school children the opportunity to see how life was on the front lines during the First World War. The Big Heritage work with schools, colleges and universities across the UK to deliver completely unique school workshops and training to enhance teaching skills.


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