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Private Peaceful – Episode 12

Episode 12 of 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo, read by Paul Chequer.

Tommo regains consciousness on the battlefield where he has been buried alive by a shell explosion. Once Charlie and the others have rescued him the company shelters in an old dug-out in the middle of no-man's-land. Sgt Hanley orders the men to resume their attack, but Charlie resists on the grounds that to leave the dug-out means almost certain death. Hanley makes it clear that disobeying the order will be a court martial offence but Charlie again refuses to move, saying that he must remain in order to look after the wounded Tommo.

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15 minutes


  • 'I am buried, buried alive!'

    Tommo comes to on the battlefield to discover he has been buried by a shell explosion

    Duration: 03:52

  • 'Are you disobeying my order, Peaceful?'

    Charlie and Hanley confront eachother over the Captain's order to resume the attack

    Duration: 06:04

  • 'Go! Go! Go!'

    The company resume the attack, leaving Tommo and Charlie alone in the deserted dug-out

    Duration: 01:30

  • 'I want you to promise you'll look after things for me'

    Charlie makes an important request of Tommo

    Duration: 03:14


Programme Notes

Programme Notes

Information on each episode and literacy activities (2.5 MB pdf)