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Each week, starting on 7th October 2020 and continuing weekly, a new question will appear on this page. The answer will be somewhere on our website. When the next questions is uploaded, the answer will appear to the previous one. The following week that will be removed.

There's no prize, just the joy of knowing we didn't outwit you. We will also suggest a topic based on the question which you might like to talk about at school, with friends or just research for yourself. Ask questions. Always.


Today, in 1805, Admiral Lord Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar. As a result our question this week is about a different battle years later, in fact, in 1854. Two items of clothing could be associated with this battle. One is on our site, for the other you will have to find out what the battle was called. Good luck.

Without any phones, radios or other means of direct communication, what checks could you put in place to make sure orders are understood exactly? Word of mouth can result in the wrong information being passed on. My father used to tell a joke, he had two in total, about a message sent during just such a battle. Obviously it wasn't true but the joke said that a sergeant sent a message back to Head Quarters saying "send reinforcements, we're going to advance". By the time the message reached HQ it had become "send three and fourpence (old money, read here) we're going to a dance".


This week, in 1915 during WWI, the Germans executed an English nurse who had been running a hospital in Belgium and looking after wounded soldiers from both sides. She received some criticism for this but she also helped about 200 men get across the border into The Netherlands, who were neutral in this war. What was her name?

Do you think that civilians who help soldiers escape should be executed? Should they just be imprisoned? Should civilians be treated differently to soldiers? .

Answer - Edith Cavell. .