No community was untouched by the ravages of the Great War. What began on a wave of patriotism in an expectation that the war ‘would be over by Christmas’, descended into a resigned struggle for survival and, at times a distant hope, that a breakthrough would bring victory.
"The slaughter of so many hundreds of thousands of young men led many to talk of the failed promise of a ‘lost generation’"
Families lost fathers and sons. Some families paid an even higher price with both or several of their male family members claimed by the war. The slaughter of so many hundreds of thousands of young men led many to talk of the failed promise of a ‘lost generation’.
The purpose of this project has been to ‘rescue’ this lost generation from anonymity and to explain how the war impacted upon Alnwick and district. It is hoped that through this study our young people will begin to understand why the war was fought, the sacrifices that were made and, the changes it wrought on our community in north Northumberland.
A series of lessons, activities and sources are provided for teachers to support pupils in their investigations of this major turning point in the history of the world. Whilst the lessons are arranged sequentially, teachers can best decide what they want to teach and when. We hope pupils will find this project both informative and challenging.
Alnwick District World War One Centenary Commemoration Group
Schools Project Manager