Richmond WW1 Diary 29 January 1916

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Children and the War

An editorial in the Richmond & Twickenham Times of 29 January 1916 commented on the impact of the war on children’s education, and how they had been neglected by preoccupied adults.

The column addressed the emotional and psychological impact of the war on children – their familiarisation with searchlights, aerial bombardment, fathers and brothers joining the army and the permanent presence of men in khaki. It also addressed the formation of their opinions in the future, including the idea that “…people of certain nations are our deadly foes.” 

The writer also commented on how history was being taught in schools and whether too much focus on Empire and patriotism would cause for problems in the future.

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