History KS3 / KS4: One woman's loss in WW1

Katie Morter describes what the war was like from a young woman’s perspective in Manchester.

The decision of her husband to volunteer changed her life, as she was forced to move back in with her mother, and move to a better paid jobs as she would now be the sole bread winner.

She recalls her delight when her husband came home on leave and despair when she received the dreaded letter informing her of his death at the Somme in July 1916.

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 as a starter to an activity exploring the ways that the role and status of women changed during the war.

Students could be asked to list the different ways the role of women changed during the course of the clip.

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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The Christmas truce, 1914
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The Gallipoli campaign
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War in the air
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Being a pilot in WW1
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Fighting in the trenches
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Death and survival
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Going over the top
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Horace Leslie Birks interview
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Changes on the home front during WW1
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John Willis Palmer interview
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Life as a munitionette
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Attrition
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Life as an officer during WW1
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