Inspiring Purpose




Welcome to Inspiring Purpose: Between the Generations! There are 6 key sections you and your partner will need to complete during this activity: Virtues and Values, Favourite WW1 Poem, Inspiring Story/Person, Inspiring Quotes, Photo/Painting and Reflection. You can use our detailed poster guide to walk you through the Between the Generations process. If you haven’t received this yet, we have a downloadable e-version which can be completed using Microsoft Word.

Poster Guide


A step by step guide for pupils

You will need an Inspiring Purpose WW1 Poster template to use this poster guide. Remember to follow the instructions on the poster. Why not use the poster guide below to help get you started? When you are ready, start with number 1 below. Use the resources and sources page in the Never Such Innocence Resource book if you’re in need of some more inspiration to get you going..

Poster GuideWW1 01

Courage & Confidence

It takes courage and confidence to stand up for important principles and persist in the face of challenges. Courage is often seen as the most central of virtues on which all others depend.

Poster GuideWW1 02

Character & Competence

Your character and competence are key traits if you want to be a leader. It is your combination of skills and qualities that makes you unique and different to others. But the way you present these qualities is what portrays your competence.

Poster GuideWW1 03

Respect & Connection

Being connected to friends and family is important to all of us and we all value trustworthy, loyal and caring relationships. Respectful individuals are patient and listen when necessary, whilst expressing gratitude and consideration for others.

Poster GuideWW1 04

Caring & Compassion

Compassion for others is a key human quality and expresses our concern for the welfare of others. A caring person is kind and provides emotional support to others when in need.

Poster GuideWW1 05

Our Favourite WW1 Poem

In this section you can tell us about your favourite poem from the First World War. Many famous poems were written throughout WWI by soldiers and others on both sides.

Poster GuideWW1 06

Inspiring Story/Person

We can all be inspired by the actions and achievements of others in ways that can help us make a success of our own lives. Choose an inspiring story or an inspirational figure from WWI; you could choose a story about a particular group of soldiers or a nurse or you could write about a general or doctor that did something amazing or a particular event that took place during the War.

Poster GuideWW1 07

Inspiring Quotes

We can learn so much from the wisdom and experience of others expressed in short quotations.

Poster GuideWW1 08


Choose a photo or painting and paste it into this space, it could be related to your poem, inspiring story or figure or your quotations, or something completely different.

Poster GuideWW1 10

Our Reflections

We want you to think about the research you have done on WW1, what has this taught you about your values and what matters to you. What has your research taught you? Throughout the process of completing the poster, have you learned something you perhaps didn’t know about your partner? We want to help you see and define your vision for a better world, and how you are going to attempt to bring this vision to life.

Poster GuideWW1 09 

Inspirational Figures

Manta Singh

Manta Singh – Indian Soldier. From Northern India, Manta joined the infantry regiment of the Indian army as soon as he left school. He is notable for saving an English comrade, Captain...

Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon – British Soldier and Poet. Nicknamed “Mad Jack” for his bravery on the battlefield, Siegfried Sassoon was an serving officer, arriving in France with the British Army during...

T.E. Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence – Soldier/ Lawrence of Arabia - Story. T.E. Lawrence led the revolt against the Ottoman Empired in WWI by fully disguising/immersing himself in the Arabic culture. He could speak...

Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby – War Dog. Called the most decorated war dog of WWI, Stubby was an American dog, named “Stubby” due to his short tail, he was described as of “uncertain breed,” but probably...

Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell – British Nurse Edith Cavell was a British nurse most famous for helping save the lives of soldiers from both sides. She treated all soldiers, whether British, French or German when...


The Holzminden Tunnellers. Pupils may also choose the inspiring story of the Holzminden Tunnelers. The Holzminden prisoner-of-war camp was located in Germany and was a camp for captured British...

Betty Stevenson

Betty Stevenson – YMCA Driver and Activist York-born, Betty Stevenson was involved with the YMCA from a young age as her parents and aunts were keen activists. In 1916, at age 19, she went to help...

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen – Soldier and Poet. Wilfred Owen was a war poet who died in action during 1918. He first enlisted in 1915 but returned to Britain after suffering from shell-shock in 1917. It was...

Dr Elise Inglis

Dr Elise Maud Inglis – Scottish Doctor. Dr Elise Maud Inglis set up and ran the first hospital staffed entirely by women which was used in France. She set up women’s units in Serbia, Salonika,...

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes – British Soldier. Flora Sandes was the only British woman to officially serve in the First World War as a soldier. She originally enlisted as a St John’s Ambulance volunteer,...

Inspiring Quotes

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