The black humour of the trenches

“The Wipers Times” acted as the voice of the British soldier in the First World War, the title being a pun on ‘Ypres’ where it was first produced. Written and produced amidst gruesome conditions, this was a publication which used satirical humour as a defence against the horrors of war.

Pupils from St Thomas of Aquins and George Heriot’s schools have been inspired by the trench newspaper to create their own black humoured look at the life of a First World War soldier.

Their work is on display at the World War One History Hub on the mezzanine of Central Library until the 24th November. You can also see copies of the original newspaper, courtesy of the National Library of Scotland, or borrow one of the collections of material taken from it.

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