Norfolk

Norwich boys re-enact WW1 battles in garden

  • 21 August 2014
  • From the section Norfolk
Boys on guard
Ethan and Reuben Harvey re-enact battles and life on the western front in as authentic way as possible

Two boys whose great, great grandfather fought in the first major World War One battle at Mons have been re-enacting scenes from 1914 in their back garden.

Brothers Ethan and Reuben Harvey, from Norwich, built a miniature battlefield complete with a trench, look-out tower, fake tank traps and a sentry box.

The boys dress up in period costume and re-enact "going over the top".

The two boys said they were very interested in military history and wanted to commemorate WW1 in some way.

Their memorabilia, including medals, uniforms and a genuine 1914 rifle, is kept in the attic of their home.

Ethan, 14, said: "We've always had an interest in military history and we thought with the centenary coming up it was important to mark it in some way.

"We've lined the trench with sandbags and we've tried to keep it as authentic as possible.

Going over the top
The boys going over the top from the WW1 trench dug in the family garden

"We wanted to commemorate what happened 100 years ago as tribute to those who made the sacrifice."

Fake barbed wire

Their great, great grandfather Frank Williams served with the 15th Royal Hussars and was among the first soldiers to be sent to France.

Reuben, 11, explained they had recreated tank traps using old beams of wood.

"We've put some fake barbed wire around them to make it look realistic," he added.

They have also erected a memorial to the fallen and have planted poppies around it.

Their father Richard, 48, an engineer, did much of the building work but said the boys could take full credit for the detail of the project.

Memorabilia
The attic of the house has been turned over to a display of memorabilia from WW1
Genuine 1914 rifle
The helmet, uniform and genuine 1914 rifle add more authenticity to the trench and battlefield
Ethan at look out post
In a uniform worn at the time Ethan Harvey watches for enemy progress at a look post

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