A First World War football game has been re-enacted at Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh, to commemorate the one hundred years anniversary since the 1914 Christmas truce. Pupils have been studying about the brief truce that occurred in the trenches at Christmas 1914. They have also been investigating footballers who served in First World War to produce their own research on a player who served their country. Many pupils have chosen to investigate the lives of Heart of Midlothian players who served in the 16th Royal Scots Battalion. However, Walter Tull, Britain’s first black officer and professional footballer has also proved to be a popular and inspiring story to investigate.
A vintage leather football will be used in the match between the second year pupils. Curriculum leader of Social Subjects, Stuart Sinclair said “The pupils have been genuinely been moved by the stories of sacrifice made by so many footballers in the Great War and been very engaged in this cross curricular project. The football game will be a fitting way to commemorate the 100 year anniversary since the Christmas truce.”