First World War truce to be marked with football match in Higham Ferrers

German soldiers of the 134th Saxon Regiment and British soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment meet in no man's land, December 26
German soldiers of the 134th Saxon Regiment and British soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment meet in no man's land, December 26

Students from The Ferrers School will be harking back to Christmases of yesteryear as they recreate the First World War Armistice Truce football game.

The school in Queensway, Higham Ferrers, will be commemorating the Great War’s centenary with humanities and PE lessons themed around a football match on Christmas Day 1914 which brought soldiers from opposing sides together.

The campaign will culminate with football matches on December 15 and 16, inspired by the December 1914 game on No Man’s Land, and the students are being encouraged to wear heavy clothing and walking boots to replicate what soldiers wore in the trenches.

Curriculum leader Paul Smith said: “We hope that, by turning out in heavy clothing rather than their usual kit, the students will appreciate the difficulties experienced by the soldiers many of whom were lads not much older than themselves.”

Students will also be supporting the British Council, Football Association, Football League and Premier League’s joint “Football Remembers” campaign by posing for a pre-match group photo ahead of their game to show solidarity with the soldiers of 1914.