Men of Loch Broom Project

In April 2018 Outpost Charity was approached by history teacher of Ullapool High School, Jemma Middelton regarding a project she was undertaking around WW1.

 

This project consisted of many parts including the creation of a book and film about the men, a primary transition project with kids from our local area, the building of a World War I battlefield out at Leckmelm,a trip to the battlefields in France and Belgium, a permanent memorial in the village and an exhibition.

 

Jemma asked if Outpost Charity could help with the build of trenches which we were more than delighted to help with.

Carl soon got stuck in and helped with drawings using his engineering experience, he helped prep some of the trenches at the school ready for the start of the build on 3rd May.

3rd May came and the works began. Carl had help from a local lad named Jack and other locals who were keen to see the project succeed, which was fantastic. Luckily the weather held out throughout the build and 15 days later the trenches were complete. Although it was a push and was hard work, it was more than worth it.

16th May the Ullapool Primary P7 children came to visit.

They not only got chance to look around the trenches but they

also ate rations, took part in a remembrance service with local

people whose family were killed in the war locally and got to

experience what it was like going over the top.

The trenches made it to the newspaper!! Daily Mail.

20th May was the community day over 500 people turned out

to see the trenches, watch the Christmas day truce football

match and learn a little about their local area during WW1.

We were joined by Mick a re-enactor who was a great addition

to the day. He spoke with many people telling them about what

life in the trenches was like, how soldiers lived and coped, the kit

they wore and the weaponry they used.

From 21st May until 1st June the battlefield is open to visit.

Many schools as far as Glasgow will be attending and its

estimated that by time the trenches close there will be 1600 children who have visited the site if not more.

This project has been am amazing experience for us all and we would like to thank Jemma for allowing us to be part of it all.

The Model

The Model

Leaflet 1

Leaflet 1

Leaflet 2

Leaflet 2

The British Trench Layout

The British Trench Layout

The German Trench Layout

The German Trench Layout

Making the Duckboards

Making the Duckboards

Pre Built Trench Sides

Pre Built Trench Sides

How it will look

How it will look

Willow Weaving

Willow Weaving

All set for transporting

All set for transporting

The first dig

The first dig

Supplies arrive onsite

Supplies arrive onsite

And the fun begins

And the fun begins

The Roadside Sign is up

The Roadside Sign is up

Just testing the Firing Step

Just testing the Firing Step

Coming together nicely

Coming together nicely

Sandbagging is so much fun!

Sandbagging is so much fun!

A treat for a wee one

A treat for a wee one

Volunteers arrive to help

Volunteers arrive to help

Sandbags are looking great

Sandbags are looking great

Shadows fitting in nicely

Shadows fitting in nicely

The Trenches

The Trenches

The trenches

The trenches

The Front Line

The Front Line

Communcation Section

Communcation Section

Communication Section

Communication Section

Machine Gun Emplacement

Machine Gun Emplacement

Part of the German Trench

Part of the German Trench

Outside the German Trench

Outside the German Trench

Pep Talk from Jemma

Pep Talk from Jemma

Football Match

Football Match

Men of the Match

Men of the Match

Children of the Match

Children of the Match

The Football Teams

The Football Teams

Ullapool Pipe Band

Ullapool Pipe Band

Ullapool Pipe Band

Ullapool Pipe Band

The Ration Tins

The Ration Tins

The Ration Tins

The Ration Tins

Picture board of the build

Picture board of the build

Richards helping out

Richards helping out

The re-enactor talks to the public

The re-enactor talks to the public

The Prayer of WW1 Soldier was read

The Prayer of WW1 Soldier was read

Part of the Remembrance service

Part of the Remembrance service

A Virtual Tour

A Vintage Feel

"Our Thanks to Mick Hilton for joining us on the Community day and taking the time to talk with everyone!

It was all the more, special 

and interesting with your presence"

Princess Mary Christmas Box

Original Christmas Tin A (1)

Original Christmas Tin A (1)

Original Christmas Tin A (2)

Original Christmas Tin A (2)

Original Christmas Tin A (3)

Original Christmas Tin A (3)

Original Christmas Tin B (4)

Original Christmas Tin B (4)

Christmas Tin B (2)

Christmas Tin B (2)

Christmas Tin B (3)

Christmas Tin B (3)

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