West Leigh Junior School
Great War Films

The WLJS History Club was an after-school club that ran in the Summer term of 2018 with children from Year 3 and Year 4. With the help of local author Sam Lierens and the team from the Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance (www.ssfr.org.uk) the children explored how they could bring history to life through stories and films from the Southend and the World from the time of the Great War—1914 –1918.

Over the course of 10 weeks the children performed and produced films about the start of the war, the bombing of Southend, the 1914 Christmas truce and the changing role of Women during the Great War. Alongside those the 28 club members asked to make 3 films that depicted children writing to their relatives on the front line to show how life was for children in Leigh-on-Sea at the time.

Film 1 - The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie

Film 2 - Letters To The Front
Charles Young writing to his brother John who was a RFC pilot stationed at Rochford Aerodrome.

Film 3 - The Christmas Truce of 1914

Film 4 - Letters To The Front
Sybil Tidman, one of WLJS's first pupils writing to her father.

Film 5 - Zeppelin Raids on Southend

Film 6 - Joe Marven writing to his father George Marven in 1918.

Film 7 - The changing role of Women in the Great War