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Children: What Did They Do During World War One?
Transcript of Children: What Did They Do During World War One?
My father came home. Not the way I expected him to. He came back in a wheelchair, with both legs paralyzed. It brought tears to our family's eyes when we saw him like that. It was so hard to see. I am happy that he is at home and safe now, although he is hurt. It is going to take some getting used to seeing my father like that. I guess I will still have the same responsibilities that I had when he was still at war, but I won't complain. I said I would do anything to have my father home, and I will continue to do just that, even though he is home now. He will finally be able to kiss me goodnight and make me laugh when I am sad. This whole experience has really brought our family closer together. My father was my hero, still is, and still will be, no matter what condition he is in. I know he is a hero because the reason his legs are paralyzed is that he saved his brother; my uncle. Papa is a true hero, I will never forget that.
Charlie Williams Children in World War One What did children do during the war? -Delivered newspapers
War brought a demand for news. Newspapers were a good source of media -Worked in ammunition factories along with women, as men went to fight.
They went against child labour laws during World War 1 -Daughters usually babysat younger siblings while mothers went to work -Helped on family farms to grow produce for communities
They replaced their father's roles on the farm. -Teen children sometimes lied about their age to get enrolled into the military army. -Collected empty bottles and cans from the streets and delivered them to the war office. Why were these tasks so important? -War got everybody involved!!
-Women, young children, teens, men -Everybody had to work together in order to help the men fighting in the Great War.
-Younger children were very eager to do anything to help out in the War. They did all these tasks without any complaints. -Older boys, who understood the meaning of War, wanted to help out their uncles, fathers, and the rest of their family members. They lied about their age in order to help them fight. -Daughters helped their mothers knit tuques, scarves, and mittens for the soldiers Some Exerpts From A Child's Diary July 28, 1914 Dear Diary,
Today is the day that my father will fight in the Great War. Everyone is telling me that it is a great honour, but I don't know if I feel the same way. My father is my hero, and I know he is doing his part in supporting our country. I am going to miss him a lot. Especially the way he makes me laugh when I am sad, and how he kisses me every night before I go to sleep. Some kids in my class still have their fathers at home. Every time I ask my mother why the other children's fathers are at home, she says they're not as brave as my father is. Sometimes I wish Papa wasn't braver than the others. With Papa going to fight, this also means I will have to help out Mother much more. Not that I mind, I will do anything to have Papa back at home. At least he is going to be home for Christmas in a few months.
Charlie Williams December 25, 1914 Dear Diary,
Today is Christmas. We haven't heard about Father coming home anytime soon. He told me he'd see me before I would even realize he was gone. Now I'm starting to realize that he doesn't know when he'll see me again. It was my birthday 2 weeks ago, and he sent me a postcard telling me how much he misses me and how sad he is that he couldn't spend the day with me. This is the first birthday ever that he missed. I am 14 now, and everyday after school, I go to work in the factory with my mother, while my sister babysits our younger brother. On the weekends, I go out to the farm and harvest produce. Sometimes I take my little brother out for a walk and we collect some bottles and cans to deliver them to the war office. I miss my father so much. I can't imagine not seeing him for much longer. They promised us he would be back by now.
Charlie Williams april 15, 1915 Dear Diary,
Youtube Video That Relates to the War Letters From War- Mark Schultz Works Cited
How Did Children Contribute to WW1? E-notes, 18 Feb. 2010. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. http://www.enotes.com/history/q-and-a/how-did-children-contribute-wwi-124213
"YouTube - Letters From War." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Youtube: CraigmillerTV, 21 Feb. 2008. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvbBwsMTgI>.
Child Labour. Getty Images. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/97667723/Hulton-Archive?Language=en-US>. "Leonard Gagnon’s Daughters Knitting | Flickr - Photo Sharing!" Leonard Gagnon's Daughters Knitting. Flickr, 10 Oct. 2006. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncollierjr/280030282/>. "Teen Zone Blog." CPL Community. Teen Zone Blog. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://blog.calgarypubliclibrary.com/blogs/homework_help/default.aspx?PageIndex=2>. Thank you for watching! Carla Haddad
February 28, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvbBwsMTgI Please click the following link