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The Great War - life in the trenches


Image credit: With the kind permission of Frenchay Village Museum

Typical kit bag contents

© South Gloucestershire Council

Alf Flux and his Kit Bag

Children will learn what life was like for an ordinary soldier one hundred years ago in the trenches of the First World War.

KS 2/3

National Curriculum Subject Links:

  • History
  • English

This learning resource follows the story of local man Alf Flux from boyhood in Hambrook to the trenches of the Western Front.

Full downloadable instructions:
The Great War – Life in the Trenches (PP)
The Great War – Life in the Trenches – Teachers Information (PDF)

This Downloadable Learning Resource Contains:

  • a PowerPoint presentation
  • accompanying Teacher’s Information and suggestion notes for each slide
  • activity – Writing postcards
  • other Free First World War Project Learning Resources
  • feedback form

It can also be used with the Alf Flux and his Kit Bag Loans Box*, a replica kit bag full of handling objects, a soldier’s personal belongings.

*Loans boxes can be booked through your local South Gloucestershire Museums:

Frenchay Village Museum: e-mail:

Yate and District Heritage Centre: e-mail:

Thornbury and District Museum: e-mail:

Kingswood Heritage Museum: e-mail:

Avon Valley Railway Trust: – contact form

Other Free Learning Resources available are:

  • The Great War – Life in the Trenches – The Alf Flux Kit Bag (Plus a Loans Box)*
  • School Children in the Great War – Messages and Mufflers
  • The Girls who made Grenades – The Warmley Grenadiers
  • Empire Foods – The War at Sea – (Loans Box)*
  • The Amy Hill Autograph Book – Cleve Hill Hospital
  • The Amy Hill Autograph Book – Wounded on the Somme
  • The Hill and the Flux Family
  • Home Life during the First World War
  • The Armistice Day Investigation Quiz



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