|Enquiry 1: Activity
- Go to your local war memorial. Use the table provided to record the names
of men from your local town/village/parish who died fighting in the first
world war. How many men died?
- Does the war memorial have names of soldiers who died fighting in other
wars? Did more soldiers die fighting in the First World war than any other
Remember that at least half the population of the country at the time were
women. Also, at least half the population of men were either to old or to
young to fight
- Use census records to find out the total population of your town/village
before the First World War.
- What was the percentage of the population from your local area who died
in the war?
- Construct a hypothesis. What percentage of men who were allowed to sign
up died fighting in the war?
|Use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's web-site
(www.cwgc.org.uk) to find out more about the men from your local area who
died fighting in the war.|
Record your findings onto your table.
- What percentage of the men who died were officers (Brigadiers, Captains,
Colonels, Generals, Lieutenants, Majors)?
- What percentage of the men who died were non-commissioned officers
(Corporals, Lance Corporals, Sergeants, Sergeant-Majors)?
- What percentage of the men who died were soldiers (Gunners, Privates,
- What was the average age of death?
- Select three 6 monthly periods which saw very high death rates. Use the
interactive timeline to find out which major battles were taking place during
this time period.
- In what countries did most of the deaths occur? Can you narrow your
answer down to a specific region
- What percentage of bodies were never found?
- What can you learn from your investigations about the nature and impact
of World War 1?
Aim to produce at least 6 inferences (statements). Support
each statement with evidence.
You may want to use tables, graphs and
diagrams to help you communicate your ideas.
- Does the data you have collected support the claim that the First World
War was one of the most important events of the twentieth century?
- What are the limitations of using the data you have collected to draw
definite conclusions about the nature of the First World War?
- How could you check your findings about your local area to see if they
are typical of the national picture?