Men's roles on the front line

Illustration of an Infantry soldier, Artillery soldier, Boy soldier from the London Scottish Regiment and a Pilot Infantry and artillery soldiers and fighter pilots were some of the jobs men volunteered for on the front line

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In 1914 many men 'joined up' for the war as volunteers.

There were many different and important roles for men who went to fight during World War One. Some soldiers could be in the infantry whilst others worked as ambulance drivers, cooks, engineers and medics to name a few.

Many volunteers were able to use the skills learned from their jobs at home to help the war effort. They joined the Armed Forces which consisted of the Navy, Army and Air Force (Royal Flying Corps). They would join the service where their skills were most useful.

By 1916 the Armed Forces were so short of men that a law was passed forcing men to join up. This was called 'conscription'. Many men had never even left their home town or village before but soon they were in the thick of battles. At first, unmarried men aged 18 to 41 were called up and then married men of the same age.

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