Demobilisation After the First World War

Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources

This page suggests ways in which the material in this resource can be used as prompts for discussion and/or activities.

Curriculum links:

KS3/4 History – World War One

KS3/4 Citizenship – dealing with conflict, types of conflict

Learning objectives:

Knowledge about what happened when men were demobbed

Understanding about the impact the end of the war had

Skills in analysing and interpreting historical evidence

Discussion ideas:

  • How do you think members of the Royal Field Artillery felt on receiving the message that ‘hostilities will cease at 11am today’? Why do you think the 2nd Brigade had to continue to ‘cover the front’?
  • Why was Albert Turner given a disablement pension? Why do you think he was only given 20% of the pension and not the full amount?
  • Why do you think the army started making its plans for demobilisation in 1917?
  • What do you think would have been the impact on the civilian population of thousands of men returning from the war?
  • How easy do you think it would have been for men to return to civilian life?

Activity ideas:  

  • Research the impact of demobilisation on the lives of women. Do you think the First World War led to lasting change for women, or not?



The related links at the bottom of this page may help you with the activities and discussion ideas.

See also the separate section on Women in Wartime.

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