Recruitment during World War One

Lesson Rationale

In this lesson, students will not only explore the key messages sent out by the government to encourage enlistment, but also assess to what it extent it was successful. Students will interrogate primary source material and statistics in order to make judgments about the decision taken in Britain to introduce conscription.

Key questions

  • What was the difference between enlistment and conscription?
  • How were people persuaded to enlist? How persuasive were the messages?
  • What kinds of jobs were protected? Why?
  • How successful was voluntary enlistment?