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CLIP 7616

Return to the trenches

Return to the trenches
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Key Info
  • Return to the trenches
  • Duration: 01:54
  • This clip shows First World War veteran Ivor Watkins undertaking a trip back to the Banks of the Steenbeke in Belgium in 1993. We see him singing old drinking songs from the trenches that recall relationships with senior officers. He also tells of an event he witnessed when two officers who stole a bottle of rum died of alcohol poisoning. There is also a memorial and ceremonial raising of glasses to the fallen – with a glass of rum! This clip is published as part of BBC Wales History bbc.co.uk/wales/history/. Please note this clip is only available in flash.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    First World War

  • Keywords: over the top, Great War, trenches, WW1, Great War, alcohol, trench War, World War I, soldiers, volunteers, Steenbeke, Belgium, Ivor Watkins, war songs
Ideas for use in class
  • To aid study of what men did to distract themselves from the dangers of war.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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