of C H Digby Seymour taken at Stobs Camp, 1914. (DUL ref: Misc Photo
is quite easy to get the impression that once a soldier arrived on the
Western Front he spent all his time in the trenches waiting to be sent
over the top. However, this is not the case. Not every soldier was sent
to the front lines and those that were did not spend every day there.
Rather the soldiers were moved about, spending some time in the trenches
before being moved back to the reserve lines and beyond for rest and
training. We've managed to find a number of sources which show different
aspects of everyday life. Find out more by reading an officer's
account of waiting to go to the front line, how men
spent their free time, the feeding arrangements
made for officers, how soldiers were dressed
and an account of growing vegetables
whilst waiting behind the lines.