How you can say Thank You to the WW1 generation of Children

The First World War had a huge impact on the generation of children across Britain. The children rallied to do their bit by working in war factories, turning their schools fields into allotments to help provide food, or as boy scouts and girl guides taking up extra responsibilities such as working as coast guards or helping the MI5. 

As part of our Thank You movement, we're saying Thank You to the generation of Children who gave up their Childhood to help with the war effort on the home front. Read our stories on the Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Jack Cornwell – one example of an underage member of the armed forces who fought in the war.

There are many different ways that you can say Thank You to the Children that helped change our world for the generations to come. Here are a few ideas of things that you can do:

  • Take a charity challenge to last a day, week or even a month on wartime rations
  • Scatter poppy seeds in your garden
  • Give your children, local school or youth group the chance to say Thank You through poetry, music and art by entering our creative competition for ages 9 – 16. Visit for more information.
  • Preserve a playing field or green space in your community as a Centenary Field to mark the conflict a century ago – our charity partner, Fields in Trust, can help you. Visit org to find out more.
  • Arrange a Thank You vegetable competition with your local garden association, in recognition of the work on the home front to keep everyone fed during the war.

For other ideas on what you can do to say Thank You watch our video below or visit the inspire me page on our website.