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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!

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Your coin year: 1916

The year before:

Famous First World War events in this year:

If you were a child in this year in WW1 you would have known by now how dangerous the war was for the young men of Britain.  Some young boys even lied about their age to join the army, while other young men decided to become 'Conscientious objectors' (also called COs), who were people opposed to the war.  Some COs even went to prison because of their strong beliefs.

What was life like for a First World War child in this year?

27th January 1916: Conscription is introduced in Britain, meaning that unmarried men between 18 and 41 had to sign up in the army to fight by law.

 

31st May 1916: The Battle of Jutland, the major naval battle of World War One, takes place.

 

1st July 1916: The first day of the Battle of the Somme.  By the end of the battle several months later, the British Army had suffered 420,000 casualties, the French 200,000 and the Germans nearly 500,000.

The German and British air force regiments often had a lot of respect for each other.  When the famous British pilot Albert Ball was shot down the Germans dropped a wreath of flowers over his grave.

What happened in the war in this year?

This was a very important year in the war because it involved several major battles such as the Battle of the Somme (there were 60,000 British casualties just on the first day) and the major sea battle of Jutland.  It is also important because it is the year when British conscription started, when British men were forced to join the army to fight for their country.

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