The Teenage Soldiers of WWI

Posted on April 10, 2017


I discussed/will discuss some of the kids who fought in WWI. They fought on all sides of the war, giving up school, family, and their futures to serve their country.

Nearly 250,000 teenagers would join the call to fight. The motives varied and often overlapped – many were gripped by patriotic fervour, sought escape from grim conditions at home or wanted adventure.

Technically the boys had to be 19 to fight but the law did not prevent 14-year-olds and upwards from joining in droves. They responded to the Army’s desperate need for troops and recruiting sergeants were often less than scrupulous.

BBC News: The Teenage Soldiers of World War I