How did men who were not fighting get treated?
During WWI women and children were found to be at home while the men went out to fight in the war. Women usually volunteered to be nurses, canteen hostesses, ambulance drivers, and switchboard operators.
Men who were did not enter the army were often treated as a coward and a traitor and as a symbol of this a woman would put a white feather in their pockets. Sometimes your family and friends would turn against you. If you did not serve directly in the war you would be used as: army medical corps, cooks, medical orderlies and stretcher bearers. If you refused to take any part in it whatsoever you would be court-martailed, sometimes sentenced and sent to prison.
Some men who were not soldiers and did not fight in the war were fortunate to get jobs such as miners, postmen,journalists,tailors,milkmen,railway and bus workers.
What challenges did people face?
Many men were fighting in the war and put their lives on the line for their country, and often lost their lives.A lot of women had to take over men’s jobs such as joining the police force, being postwomen, driving buses and vans, doing farming and forestry, and working in amunitions factories, which was very dangerous work. Some women would be overseas in wars working with the army as nurses or drivers.
Source B: Shows what clothes the nurses wore when taking care of the soldiers and shows what condition the soldiers were in, when being cured by the nurses
What advantages were there to being at war?
The advantages being at war were that new weapons were invented and Record profits for defense contractors.
Source C: This newspaper article explains how the war has effected literature, the arts, medicine and what inventions have been made due to the war.
Source D: (poem) This poem shows that millions of soldiers risked their lives for the sake of their country and this poem also explains how the youth was taken away from the unfairly.
A Soldier’s Cemetery
by John William Streets (killed and missing in action on 1st July 1916 aged 31)
Behind that long and lonely trenched line
To which men come and go, where brave men die,
There is a yet unmarked and unknown shrine,
A broken plot, a soldier’s cemetery.
There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn’d
To live (so died) when languished Liberty:
Across their graves flowerless and unadorned
Still scream the shells of each artillery.
When war shall cease this lonely unknown spot
Of many a pilgrimage will be the end,
And flowers will shine in this now barren plot
And fame upon it through the years descend:
But many a heart upon each simple cross
Will hang the grief, the memory of its loss.
Done by : Blake and Derrick