KS2 Music / Dance / Drama / History: World War 1 Performance Pack - 'Archie Dobson's War'. Drama - Part 3

In the third and final drama programme from 'Archie Dobson's War', we hear from the front lines where both Walter and Edward Dobson are preparing for the 'big push'.


Edward’s quiet departure for war contrasts greatly with Walter’s grand parade. Archie is now to be 'the man of the house' and when Edward shakes his hand upon leaving - rather than giving him a hug -Archie feels sad and scared.

Everyone is keen to contribute to the war effort. Agnes volunteers in a military hospital and Archie joins her, although seeing the wounded soldiers there troubles him. The whole family struggles to cope when they receive news of Walter’s death. Mabel runs away to join the Women’s Land Army, but is quickly returned to her worried family. She explains that she wanted to do something to help.

In November of 1918 the Armistice is declared, the fighting ends and the Dobsons learn that Edward has survived the War. In spite of the festivities around them, the Dobsons celebrate quietly with the Carters, whilst also mourning Walter. Archie is thrilled when Edward returns home. The hug his father gives him lets him know that the War is really over.


  • Archie's dream

    Archie is troubled when Edward goes to war. Duration: 05:35

  • Letters from France

    Archie receives two letters from the front. Duration: 03:05

  • Bad news from the front

    News from the front leaves the family reeling. Duration: 01:21

  • Grieving family

    The Dobsons visit the Carters. Duration: 02:45

  • Mabel disappears

    Mabel runs away. Duration: 04:03

  • Read all about it

    Newspaper reports suggest the war will soon end. Duration: 00:55

  • The war ends

    The end of the war is declared. Duration: 01:58

  • Edward returns

    The Dobsons are delighted when Edward returns from the war. Duration: 02:09


Teachers' notes
Archie Dobson's War - The Playscript
Transcript of 'Archie Dobson's War' - drama part 3

More from this series

Drama - Part 1
Drama - Part 2
Music - Part 1: Listen to the fields