The First World War affected the youngest of civilians. Children across Britain rallied to do their bit by working in war factories, turning their schools fields into allotments to help provide food or as boy scouts and girl guides taking up extra responsibilites working as coast guards or helping the MI5.
The secret messengers of WW1
Girls are often labelled gossips, but during WW1 they were entrusted to carry confidential messages for MI5, after the boy scouts were considered too talkative and excitable. Today, at over 100 years old, Girl Guiding is still standing strong, existing to inspire community spirit among young women and girls.Read more
The underage soldier of WW1
Have you ever done anything that you know you’re not really allowed to do, because you’re not of legal age? During the First World War, the legal age limit to sign up for military service was 18, and for armed service overseas it was 19. However, over 250,000 young men under 19 ended up volunteering to fight in the war.Read more
The unsung heroes of WW1
These days Scouts are likely to be found; kayaking, zorbing, learning how to computer programme, or even how to fly a plane, but go back 100 years and they were more likely to be seen assisting in hospitals, guarding phone lines and railway bridges and even covering for the coastguards who’d gone to fight on the front line.Read more