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Beyond the Western Front

Where was the First World War fought?
This conflict was the first war to take place on land, at sea and in the air. This fighting occurred in many different areas of the world.


Presentation + Life Stories + Activity = Your Lesson!

Introductory Presentation

Use this ready-made PowerPoint to introduce Lives of the First World War to your class.

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Choose your Life Stories

Pick Life Stories to investigate and download the Powerpoint containing primary sources relating to that person.

Life Stories
Follow the Activity

Take a look at our suggested activities to try with your class, as well as other IWM resources that relate to the theme.

Next step

Use Lives of the First World War to research names on your local war memorial - this could be a school memorial to former pupils, or a town or community monument.

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Recommended Life Stories

We have selected Life Stories connected to this theme. Download the pack of sources connected to the Life Story.

Photo of Flora Sandes-Yudenitch

Flora Sandes-Yudenitch

Flora was the only British woman to officially serve as a soldier

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Photo of John Travers Cornwell

John Travers Cornwell

John earned the Victoria Cross aged just 16, during the Battle of Jutland

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Photo of Ralph Garland Hockaday

Ralph Garland Hockaday

Ralph was awarded the Military Medal for his service in Mesopotamia (Iraq)

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Photo of Charles Algernon Fryatt

Charles Algernon Fryatt

Charles was a captain of a merchant ship which encountered German submarines

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Photo of John Simpson Kirkpatrick

John Simpson Kirkpatrick

John served in the Australian Army Medical Corps in Gallipoli, Turkey

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Photo of Florence Farmborough

Florence Farmborough

Florence served as a nurse on the Russian front

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Suggested Activities

1. Use the facts, images, evidence and stories on Life Story pages to compare and contrast individual experiences - think about similarities and differences between these people’s lives.

  • How did they experience the First World War?
  • What are the key themes in their stories? Consider concepts such as identity, separation, friendship, love, bravery and loss.


2. Study one of the sources in detail. When was it written, and for what purpose? What does it tell you about the person’s Life Story? Pick out details about their age, background and family. How does this information relate to their wartime experiences?


3. Create a mini exhibition based on one person’s story. Select three sources from the person’s Life Story page, and create a title and theme for the exhibition.

4. Encourage creative responses inspired by a Life Story, such as poetry, letters, art, drama, music, or dance.

Activity Resources

Supported by

The Charles Skey Charitable Trust


It is a really engaging way to teach historical interpretation. A fantastic resource!

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