How did the British Army punish deserters in the First World War? Death Penalty

How did the British Army punish deserters in the First Wor
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This lesson teaches students about the use of the death penalty by the British Army during the First World War. The students have a clear idea of the conditions in the trenches and that some men deserted. If they were caught they often faced death by firing squad.

This lesson uses real data from the National Archive in England to assess why men were sentenced to death (the different crimes committed) and to use this to infer what the army took the most seriously and to think about why. They have to produce graphs using the data and interpret them.

My classes often argue about why someone would stay in such awful conditions and claim they would fight back against their officers and just refuse to fight. I think it is necessary for them to empathise and see that many did not have a real choice! The end of the lesson is a reflection whereby the class have to decide whether they would risk these punishments and desert themselves.

Contains:
7 slide powerpoint with 'quess the lesson' starter.
2 sided worksheet of instructions.
A4 sheet of data
Time line of events


I hope you like this. If you would like your students to learn more about the conditions in the trenches maybe check out my other resources.

EYEWITNESS HISTORY – WHY DID SOME MEN DESERT DURING WW1? DBQ
Click here

A LETTER FROM THE TRENCHES
Click here

WALTER TULL: FIRST BLACK SOCCER PLAYER AND FIRST BLACK OFFICER IN THE BRITISH ARMY IN WW1:
Click here

POETRY AND INTERPRETATION IN WORLD WAR ONE
Click here

THE SOCCER MATCH THAT STOPPED A WAR:
Click here

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1 hour

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