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

What was the public response to the outbreak of war? 
Men could volunteer for service in the armed forces until 1916, when conscription was introduced. However, some people could not or did not wish to fight.

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


  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present - KS3/4.  
  • Warfare and British society, c1250-Present - GCSE.
  • To develop understanding about recruitment and conscription through personal stories.

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