Students share their interest in history
Jack Riddlestone, in Year 10, was really impressed to read in the school newsletter about Myles Fairhurst’s film,‘The Lost Soldier’, and how he was recently given some fabulous World War 1 artefacts by PC Sean Godfrey. Jack is also very passionate about history and has his own collection of artefacts, which he brought in to show Myles.
Jack said: ““It was a pleasure to speak to someone of a young age and with such an interest in history like myself. My love for history all started when I used to collect and build tank models. Because I loved the look of tank models, I asked questions about them and it grew to the point where I now collect artefacts and ree-nact WW1 up to the Vietnam war. When I heard about Myles in the newsletter, I knew we would have a lot in common, and that we did.
Myles is a collector and re-enactor in the making like I was when I was around his age, so I thought I would bring some items from my own personal collection to show him. When I showed him half of my collection pieces he already knew what they were and I was very impressed about his knowledge of history! I even brought in a reproduction SBR (small box respirator) gas mask to give him a demonstration of how it was worn and later we went outside where I tested out an original WW1 trench whistle. I hope others take after Myles in the way he respects and loves history which we need these days.”