History KS3 / KS4: John Willis Palmer interview

The war affected combatants in different ways.

Whilst some were able to detach themselves from its horrors and focus on the job of ending it quickly, others, such as John Palmer, a signaller, found it increasingly difficult to cope with the violence and apparent pointlessness of the conflict.

He only found respite after being seriously injured, in the hope of returning home to his family.

This is from the series: I Was There: The Great War Interviews

Teacher viewing recommended prior to use in class

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to explore the reasons why some soldiers thought the war was pointless.

Students could be asked to provide a ‘back story’ to this soldier’s experience at the front explaining why he might have adopted these attitudes towards the war.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

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