History KS3: Elaine Kidwell: The girl who loved the Guides

Elaine Kidwell believes being a Guide taught her important values and skills, and equipped her for a vital wartime role.

Whilst she has held true to these values throughout her life, it was the first aid skills she learnt which led to her becoming one of the country’s youngest Air Raid Wardens during the war.

In spite of the devastating air raids on her hometown of Swansea, the city remained defiant and people tried to get on with the daily lives.

Once the war was over, she returned to the Guides, and continued her involvement with the movement for many years afterwards.

This short film is from the BBC series, Our Greatest Generation.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could talk about the clubs they are involved in and compare their experiences to the ones that Elaine had, are there any similarities or differences?

Through this pupils could look at the importance of pastoral care that occurs in these clubs and societies, which could show them the motives as to why Elaine helped take care of her city during World War Two.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching history at key stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and third and fourth level in Scotland.

More from Our Greatest Generation:

Jim Purcell: The boy with no shoes
Dorothy Hughes: The girl who broke the rules
Gus Bialick: The boy who loved Britain
Konnie Ho: The girl from Chinatown
Freddie Hunn: The boy who loved poetry