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History, how did people live during WW1

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Elizabeth Okley

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By Harriet, Chloe and
Elizabeth! What was Life Like during WW1? Information about:
- Men, women, soldiers, children, the rich people and the
poor people.
-We have chosen these topics because we believe they cover
the main demographics of the time. Men and women This presentation will include: Over the course of the first world war the roles of both men and women in society changed. Before the war,many women were still struggling for the right to vote and the only widely available employment for women was the service industry, and this itself was limited as many stately homes were becoming less extravagant to save costs.
After the war however, women could vote and there was a wide variety of jobs available for women. They also gained more respect from men in the workplace because during the war they had to do jobs that the men usually did.
If a man did not join the war, he was concidered cowardly. If he was seen in the street local women would give him a white feather. This meant he was a coward. The Rich People Rich men didn't have to become soldiors until the very end of the war. When they did join the war, they were in higher ranks than most of the commoners; they were Captins and Majors. This encouraged many rich men to join whn the war first started. When the rationing of food started, the rich didn't suffer as they had more money to pay the higher prices for food such as meat. The Poor People Most of the soldiors in WW1 were poor because many poor men had either no job or a job that payed very little. Poor families struggled financially and joining the war seemed like a good way to earn money. It wasn't only the men in the families that wanted to help - 14 year old boys would join to provide for their family. The poor people suffered more than the rich during the war. When food was rationed in 1916, the poor were eating as if on a vegetarian diet because the cost of meat went up and they couldnt afford it. Soldiers The life of a soldier during WW1 was a very hard, tough and shocking thing to experience. A common memory from soldiers is all about mud, rats, lice, machine-guns and being shot at dawn if you disobeyed. Trenches were the front lines; the most dangerous place to be. This is where the soldiers went over the top onto No mans land and where many soldiers lost their lives. Jonas Hart I thought that the most important way of recruiting was Lord Kitchener's poster. Me and my friend joined up together when we were 17 because we decided to take a risk.
After 3 months of training, we were shipped of to France where i was put in the front line. My first experience of sadness in the trenches was when a soldier recieved a letter. He opened it, took of his cap, ripped the letter up and put down his rifle. Before anyone could stop him, he was over the top and into No Mans land where he was shot dead. We later found out that his wife had left him for another man and so he commited suicide. Alfred Anderson I voluntered to join up with some friends, not knowing that it was for 5 years of war.
I had to fight on the front line where we were told that if we wanted a trench, we had to build it ourselves.
On Christmas day i was not in the front line but we heard the complete silence. We then heard some cheering. Both sides had made piece for that one day and celebrated Christmas together. The next day, they would be fighting each other again. Harry Patch Harry Patch was born on 17th June 1898 and was the last surviving soldier known to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. He died on 25th July 2009, aged 111.
Patch was born in the village of Combe Down, near Bath, Somerset. He left school in 1913 and started an apprenticship as a plumber.
In October 1916, he was conscripted as a private to the Duke of Cornwall's Light infantry, where he served as an assistant gunner. He fought in the front line where he injured his groin when a shell exploded and so was removed from the front and returned to England.
He later said: "When the war ended, I don't know if I was more relieved that we'd won or that I didn't have to go back. Children Childrens lives were very hard and tough during WW1 because whilst their fathers and brothers went away to war, they had to stay at home and help their mothers.
Some children went to work in ammunition factories, bakeries or grocery stores. They also had to work on the farms because the men were away and so the farm work became the children's responsibility.
The children who only had fathers had to go and live with other family members but if there was nobody to take them, they had to live in an orphanage.
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