Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley

Grandad's War is a remarkable first-hand account of the First World War.

It is even more remarkable because Sergeant Stanley not only kept a diary but he also had a camera in his pack to record his colleagues and friends they met in their days away from the front line.

The activity sheets are resources pages you can explore to go with the book. For classroom use, teachers may wish to devise more directed activities based on the information that can be obtained from the map-based activity sheets.

The maps include places mentioned directly in the the diary, and other places at which the Cambridgeshire Regiment was activity after Sergeant Stanley had gone to serve in the Army Ordnance Corps.

For further details of the diary click on Grandad's War - The First World War Diary of Horace Reginald Stanley.

Aspect 1: The Ypres Salient

This page takes us to locations mentioned in the diary in the Ypres area, modern Ieper. They will be of particular interest if you are planning a visit to the area.

The locations are shown on top of the 'Google' map system, a global mapping system. The use of Geographic Information Systems is opening up new ways of viewing information and understanding history, alongside many other ways in which they are used, such as marketing and route planning.

Clicking on the markers will often supply further information about the location and show a picture of the place today. whilst most of the pictures are single frames, some are panoramas which you can scroll using the arrows underneath.

The file providing the data covers a wider area than the starter map and also links to another of our publications. These other linked places become visible if you zoom out on the map.

Aspect 2: Arras and Vimy

This second activity page provides pictures and information about Arras and Vimy Ridge. As with Activity 1, they are plotted onto the Google mapping system.

The pictures are linked to sections of the printed diary and are designed to be used alongside other material which explain the importance of these places during the First World War. they also introduce the concept of visiting and using the locations to understand something of the wartime experience and of maintaining memory of the past.