The anniversary of the First World War provides a wonderful opportunity to challenge perceived understandings of the conflict and to engage those who do not relate to the subject in any way. It is also an excellent opportunity to create dialogue; to find out how people understand the conflict and engage with the processes that have shaped, or failed to shape, their conceptions. In order to enhance the knowledge of those who already have some interest in the conflict, it might be useful to push them in different directions (for instance, the role of sport at home and abroad) and open up other perspectives and contexts. The following resources may be of help in trying to facilitate such a process and consists of a series of challenges to what might be called the primary points of entry into the history of the war:


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The Football Remembers education pack for teachers is designed to offer support and resources for pupils learning about the Truce events that took place in 1914, during the First World War.

It also acts as preparation for a mass participation event in December 2014. Clubs from the Premier League, Football Association and Football League, as well as community clubs and schools, will all play matches to commemorate the Truce.
The pack contains original accounts as well as activities for developing knowledge, skills and understanding across a number of curriculum areas. These can be used in individual lessons and assemblies or form part of larger cross curriculum projects over a number of subjects. You could also use it as a foundation for a joint curriculum project with a partner school overseas.
The activities are aimed primarily at pupils aged 9-14 but can be adapted to suit older or younger audiences studying significant historical events and people from their own locality. For more information click here

Rugby Football Union programmes from matches played during the war, 1915 and 1917 are available.  They are for charity matches played between local teams and armed services of Canada and New Zealand.

One place for information would be an exhibition the museum put on a while back now. It was called ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ and we have all of the exhibition panels online at :

There is one player who comes to mind as having formed his own battalion and that was Edgar Mobbs. He played for Northampton and England. He was initially turned down to join the army as he was deemed as too old. He then went on to raise his own battalion of 250 men. He was killed in action at Ypres in 1917.

action shot_300The England v Scotland action shot is taken from 1914 .  All the jerseys would have been cotton, they didn’t have a standard rose and the players would have worn their club socks.

Saturday March 21, 1914: Scotland line up against England in Edinburgh. England won the closely fought match 16-15, but a very different conflict was about to engulf Europe…

Both captains, a number of forwards and the majority of the backs who competed in this particular match never returned from the devastation of World War I. An incredible number of international rugby players died in both world wars and ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ is our tribute to them all.

‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ was curated with the invaluable help and support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

It is written in the RFU minutes that they wanted to form a rugby battalion but by the time the notion had come about most of the players had already signed up.

Click on English Rugby Union and the First World War


An Open Educational Resource supporting new directions in teaching World War I


WW1 Chatter Books Activity Pack


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VCD Athletic is one of only a few clubs to have originated during the Great War when, in 1916 they were formed by workers employed at the Vickers armaments factory in Crayford. The club have played at the firm’s sports ground, Oakwood, in Old Road, Crayford, from the outset right up to the present time, save for eight seasons spent groundsharing whilst trying to get permission for the erection of floodlights.
a club called Vickers (Erith) joined the re-formed Kent League in 1919, changing their name to Vickers (Crayford) a year later. In their first season in the Kent League they visited Maidstone United on Boxing Day and played in front of a crowd of 13,500. The Vickers team that day contained seven Arsenal players who were finishing off their war service.


I am a retired teacher but still in demand in my home area of Gloucestershire, as a tutor of English and across the Humanities, from 11-18. I used to be an editor of and still Over The Top_300occasionally contribute. I am heavily involved in the football in the trenches scenario with local schools, community and Philosophy Football. My current brief is to develop a unit of work for a term on Literature andWW1 – I have completed this and have obviously included the Christmas 1914 events.  I am here to share good practice and I hope you enjoy the free downloads. I support this wonderful Football & Peace Project and wish you all good luck in your work.

Stuart Butler.
Click on the following resources:

The First World War Centenary Partnership is a network of over 1,400 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums).

Together, we will present a vibrant global Programme of cultural events and activities, and digital platforms which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War.

Being a member of the Partnership gives each one of us a stronger collective voice, visibility through the First World War Centenary brand and website, access to a wealth of expertise and resources and the opportunity to promote our events through a centenary calendar on


Imperial War Museums

IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’. We are proud to be regarded as essential sights of London, Cambridgeshire and Greater Manchester.

(Launching 20/02/14.)

National Football Museum

Learn about pre-Association Football from mob-football, uppies and downies and public school games, to the hand written laws of the game following the formation of the Football Association in 1863. Be inspired by our unique collection, looking at football as a working class game, the changes from amateurism to professionalism, and its worldwide popularity as a modern game. Links to A Level P.E syllabus.


Kent County Council Archive resources:

The Kent History & Library Centre, Maidstone

The Kent Archives online catalogue:


Kent County Council Library resources:

The Kent Libraries online catalogue:

Kent Libraries online resources:

including family & local history resources & historic newspapers online:


Kent & Medway During the First World War Online Timeline:

You can search “schools” as a category on this online timeline. There are over 30 timeline entries for schools. Select “View the timeline in full screen”:


Kent Schools During the First World War Online Timeline:

Extracts from Kent School logbooks of the First World War era. There are timeline categories for:

  • Agricultural labour
  • Air Raids
  • Boy Scouts
  • Celebrating Peace
  • Empire Day
  • Food Economy
  • Gifts, Fundraising & Entertainment
  • Learning about the War
  • Refugees
  • Remembrance
  • Restrictions and Shortages
  • Rolls of Honour
  • School buildings requisitioned
  • Staff shortages
  • Supporting the war effort
  • War Savings


Lives of the First World War- Community page for the Kent Education Committee Roll of Honour:

This information is drawn from a printed book that was produced as a record of war service carried out by teaching and administrative staff, originally published as part of the Kent Education Committee’s Report covering the years 1914-1919.


Barham Church of England Primary School Log Books:


Eynsford, Crockenhill & Farningham village schools during the First World War, including selected school record material.


British Association for Local History- Local History News – Number 108 – Summer 2013

Schools In The First World War- Tim Lomas

Free summary of the article is available online:


School Records website

Further website