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Pick Life Stories to investigate and download the Powerpoint containing primary sources relating to that person.
Take a look at our suggested activities to try with your class, as well as other IWM resources that relate to the theme.
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.
We have selected Life Stories connected to this theme. Download the pack of sources connected to the Life Story.
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.
2. Study one of the primary 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.
A useful summary of the topic
Ten ways a First World War soldier could stay healthy in the trenches
Play sound clips from IWM’s collection of interviews
Listen to the testimonies of people who experienced the first poison gas attacks
Find out more about the effects of poison gas
Read the personal story of a British nurse
Read the personal story of a German medical officer
Discover the story of an injured officer
Read Robert Graves' remarkable story
The Charles Skey Charitable Trust
We used Lives of the First World War with Year 9 students in order to help them research a soldier. This inspired them to create an original piece of artwork, which we displayed in school.