Welcome to the Schooling and the Great War website.
This is the on-line home of the Schooling and the Great War, 1914 to 1919 Trilogy written by me and published by Pen & Sword Books during the Great War Centenary Commemorations of 2014-19.
Schooling and the Great War is based on the premise that the hundredth anniversary of the First World War affords an ideal opportunity to focus upon some of the less well known aspects of the conflict. In this particular case, a detailed study of the impact of the war on British schooling reveals the 'the myriad faces of war' and the symbiotic relationship between those serving overseas at the 'Front' and those left behind on the 'Home Front'. Here you will find a 'hidden history' - the story of the impact of the Great War of 1914-1919 on British schools and the children and teachers who inhabited them. The story has been collated from many different forms of documentary and visual evidence, including school logbooks and magazines, contemporary newspapers and periodicals, and official circulars and reports. It tells the stories of the children who fought their campaigns on the home front, and of their teachers who fought on the battlefronts or cared for the wounded and dying in military hospitals at home and overseas. British schools of all kinds - from the elite public schools to the elementary institutions for the masses - played a major role in the first 'total war' of the Twentieth Century. Their memorials to the dead testify to the human cost of the war for local and national communities.
Dr Barry Blades
Research in History and Education
Website launched July 2013.
Website last updated August 2015.
Schooling and the Great War will continue to be developed throughout the Great War Centenary Commemorations 2014-2019. Many of the images are from my own private collection of postcards, photographs, artifacts and ephemera from the Victorian, Edwardian and Great War periods. These are marked (BB). The material for Deacon's School, Peterborough, is drawn from the Deacon's School Archive (DS) which is now deposited in Peterborough Library and Archives. Some of the material, for example recruitment posters, is no longer subject to copyright and is now, I believe, in the public domain. Intended primarily for educational purposes, this site also includes material collected from other websites and publications.Many thanks to all who have contributed to the material on this website. My sincere apologies in advance for any inadvertent infringements whilst permissions continue to be sought. Sources will be acknowledged and credited wherever possible, properly cited if references are provided, or removed from this site immediately if requested specifically.