In 2014 Westminster Archives were awarded £92,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark the centenary of World War 1. The focal point of the project was a school’s initiative based around Michael Foreman’s fictional story ‘War Game’ that tells the tragic story of a young football team that goes to war, experiences the Christmas Truce but are tragically killed together in battle.
As part of a means of getting children to understand the real life horror of war we have made this animated film, with contributions from children who attended Diwali in the Square (Trafalgar Square) as well as College Park School, London. The film tells the story of London-born Robert ‘Pom Pom’ Whiting (1884-1917), father of three, pre-war goalkeeping star and 17th Middlesex (Football Battalion) Regiment soldier. His extraordinary personal history combines sporting prowess, patriotism, reckless desertion, and then redemption by brave military service and tragic loss in battle. Duration: 27 minutes. © 2015
Further information on Westminster Archives’ WW1 commemoration can be seen here: