• Western Front
  • Age 9 to 11 (KS2)
  • Age 11 to 14 (KS3)
  • Age 14-16 (KS4)

What challenges did medics face on the Western Front? 
The range of weapons used meant there was a variety of ways men could be wounded. New techniques were developed to help treat injuries. 

We have created resources based on real Life Stories, researched through our project Lives of the First World War.

Step 1: Browse the six personal stories of individuals who were directly affected

Step 2: Download individual PowerPoints containing historical sources

Step 3: Try our Suggested Activities


  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present.  
  • GCSE - Warfare and British society, c1250-Present.
  • To explore the role of medics and medicine through personal stories during the First World War.

These resources were created with the kind support of The Charles Skey Charitable Trust

Explore Further

Poster image for episode of Adventures in History: Carers Part One
Home Learning

Carers - Part One

Discover how people cared for the wounded in the First World War, how they used their skills and resourcefulness to make sure the injured were cared for.

Heavy Artillery by Colin Gill
©IWM (Art.IWM ART 2274)
Classroom Resource

Fighting in the Trenches

Use these sources to learn more about the experience of fighting in the trenches.


Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval.
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