Britain's Boy Soldiers (2004)

Film details

  • Director

    Neil Rawles

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year

    2004

  • Type

    Television

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Synopsis

Documentary looking at the large numbers of underage volunteers during the First World War - some 250,000 - and how the War Office and government turned a blind eye to their enlistments as they were desperate for manpower. Includes interviews with some of those who lied about their age and enlisted and also looks at the cases of some underage soldiers who were killed, including some who were executed for desertion when they cracked and ran away. Also looks at the continuous campaigning during the First World War by Liberal MP Arthur Markham to send underage soldiers back home and discharge them from the Army.

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