History KS1 / KS2: Q is for Quartermaster

Newsreel and commentary examine the role of the quartermaster in keeping British troops supplied and equipped during World War One.

Tommies on the Western Front carried 30 kilos of kit.

A dramatic monologue introduces Captain William Stacey, a quartermaster on the Western Front.

He shows us around his stores and explains the importance of some key items of a soldier’s kit, such as boots, socks, blankets and gas masks.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

Pupils could weigh the coats, bags and sandwich boxes they bring to school. How much equipment do they carry around with them every day?

The children could sketch items of a British Tommy’s kit, or capture digital images for a slideshow about British Army equipment in World War One.

Key Stage 2

British soldiers on the Western Front were expected to carry 30 kilos of equipment.

Pupils could convert this amount from kilos into the imperial units of pounds and ounces.

The children could make up packs with a mass of 30 kilos. Is it easy to lift this pack? To carry it? To run with it?

Challenge pupils to list all the items they think a British Tommy would need to carry into battle.

Pupils could check their ideas with books and websites to confirm if their list matches the standard issue made to British troops in World War One.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at primary school ages for Key Stages 1 and 2, or First and Second Level.

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