Experiences of Commonwealth and colonial troops

Troops from across the British Empire and colonies either volunteered or were conscripted to fight on Britain’s behalf during World War One. Other Allied nations, such as France, also used colonial troops. The contribution of these troops was immense as fighters and also in vital labour corps, auxiliary roles and support and supply roles around the world. In this lesson, students will learn about some of the experiences of colonial groups that came to fight on the Western Front. Students will explore the diversity of the groups and how their nationality affected both the roles they were given and the treatment they experienced.