REASONS TO SAY THANK YOU
100 years ago the war ended, and a new world began. The generation who gave so much during the war fought for more than just victory. They fought for a better world and in turn shaped how we live today.
On the battlefield volunteers from across the Commonwealth served alongside each other. British Forces included Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims whose descendants play a central role in our culture today.
Back in Britain women played a huge role working in factories and making munitions, paving the way for women gaining the right to vote in 1918.
During the war there were major advances in medicine, manufacturing, and innovation. Pioneering doctors and nurses vastly increased our understanding and use of x-rays, blood transfusions, and reconstructive surgery. And manufacturers developed products that are commonplace today, such as tissues.
The war also influenced poets, painters, composers and writers – Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien served as a soldier during the Battle of the Somme.
Take a look at the film below for more insight into how this generation contributed so much.