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Enquiry 1: Activity Sheet
Activity A
  1. 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?
  2. 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 war?
Activity B
  1. Use census records to find out the total population of your town/village before the First World War.
  2. What was the percentage of the population from your local area who died in the war?
  3. Construct a hypothesis. What percentage of men who were allowed to sign up died fighting in the war?
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
Activity C
Use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's web-site ( to find out more about the men from your local area who died fighting in the war.

Record your findings onto your table.

Activity D
  1. What percentage of the men who died were officers (Brigadiers, Captains, Colonels, Generals, Lieutenants, Majors)?
  2. What percentage of the men who died were non-commissioned officers (Corporals, Lance Corporals, Sergeants, Sergeant-Majors)?
  3. What percentage of the men who died were soldiers (Gunners, Privates, Sappers)
  4. What was the average age of death?
  5. 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.
  6. In what countries did most of the deaths occur? Can you narrow your answer down to a specific region
  7. What percentage of bodies were never found?
Activity E
  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. What are the limitations of using the data you have collected to draw definite conclusions about the nature of the First World War?
  4. How could you check your findings about your local area to see if they are typical of the national picture?
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