Inspiring Purpose


WW1 Pupils



Welcome to WW1 Inspiring Purpose! By this stage, you should have your poster template – if you haven’t received this yet, we have a downloadable e-version which can be completed using Microsoft Word.


There are 6 key sections you will need to complete during this activity: Virtues and Values, Favourite War Poem, Inspiring Story/Person, Inspiring Quotes, Photo/Painting and Aspiration. You can use our detailed poster guide to walk you through the WW1 Inspiring Purpose 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. If you don't have your own hard copy you can always use the ePoster Microsoft Word template. 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 1. Courage.

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It takes courage and self-belief 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. 

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In order to achieve any worthwhile goal we need to be determined, whether this is in sport, music or academic life.

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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.

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Compassion for others is a key human quality and expresses our concern for the welfare of others.

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My Favourite War Poem

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

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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 during the War.

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Inspiring Quotes

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

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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.

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My Aspirations

This part is about reflection, we want you to think about your aspirations for the future and your own character values and how they are similar or different to those you often saw portrayed in your research on WWI. We want to help you see and define your purpose, to figure out what it is you want to do with your life and what impact you want to make on the world.

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Inspirational Figures

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...


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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Inspiring Quotes

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