Thursday 2 July 2020

Over the last two weeks we have brought you tales from some outstanding carers in the First World War! It’s time to put that knowledge to the test and see how much you have remembered in our truly tricky Family Mission quiz!

If you want one last quick reminder you can still view our Adventures in History videos with Ngaire below.

Good Luck and don’t forget to tell us how you scored on IWM’s Facebook and Twitter


Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm, "The Women of Pervyse", amongst the rubble in town, 1915.
Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm in 1915 © IWM Q 105913


1. In part one, what is the first object Ngaire shows you?
2. Who made these objects?
3. What did Ruby Ord sign up for in the First World War?
4. Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker were nurses in the First World War. Why were they given the nickname the Madonnas of Pervyse?

Miss Lawson and Miss Heesman, of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, with their dogs and ambulances in Calais, January 1917.
Miss Lawson and Miss Heesman, of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, with their dogs and ambulances in Calais, January 1917. © IWM Q 4672

5. What special award was given to Elsie Inglis for providing medical care to the soldiers in Serbia and Russia?
6. Ngaire showed us a photo of two doctors dressed up with pom poms on their costumes. Why were they dressed like this?
7. In part two we hear some stories from the diary of military nurse Martha Withal. What does she tell us she did for the patients in the military hospital where she worked at Christmas time in 1914?

Group of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service sisters on board of one of the hospital ships, probably on the way to Egypt.
A group of nurses from Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service aboard a hospital ship. © IWM Q 72798

8. What was so special about Sergeant Major Flora Sandes?
9. When Dr Francis arrived in France in 1914 as Chief Surgeon, where was she expected to treat her patients?
10. What was one of the ways children back home in the UK would have helped with the war effort?
Click here to reveal the answers!

1. Heart shaped pin cushion

2. Hand made by soldiers recovering from their battle wounds

3. Volunteered with the WAACs (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps) taking on jobs such as ambulance driving and caring for soldiers in field hospitals.

4. Because of the incredible care they delivered to the soldiers fighting on the front lines. They were given a special Act of Parliament to work very close to the fighting to help save lives.

5. The Order of the White Eagle, the highest honour that Serbia can give

6. To put on a concert/play/performance for the injured soldiers to help keep their spirits up

7. She bought them all presents and made up stockings for them for Christmas day

8. She was the only woman to fight as a soldier in the First World War

9. It was a 700 year old church

10. They helped to grow food at school, at home and in local gardens and parks.

How did you get on?

1-3: Good effort (if you want to find what you missed you can go back and watch the videos again)

4-7: Brilliant effort (if you want to find what you missed you can go back and watch the videos again)

7-11: Wow you could even work for IWM someday (If you want to learn even more go back and watch other Adventures in History)

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