The Home Front


In 1914 a large proportion of Britain’s men left their daily jobs to answer the call of war. This caused a big problem, as there were few men left to work in factories, post offices and many other professions.

As a consequence women were forced to do the work previously undertaken by men, which some women objected to because they also had to look after their families. Other women, however, thought it sounded very exciting, so they took on work such as post ladies, munitions workers and railway clerks.

With Britain’s women tied to a life of hard work, they often struggled to look after the house and family, so 100 day nurseries were created whilst older children went to school. By the end of the war women were increasingly recruited into the armed forces as cooks.

Women made a huge impact on the war effort, especially when it came to manufacturing weapons and bombs. Their energy was outstanding, with some working for thirteen days on twelve hour shifts without a break. The work was physically demanding, some of the shells being one metre high, and 80% of the bombs produced were deployed on the fighting front.

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