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First World War Ambulance Trains: image bank

Three nurses on board a First World War ambulance train.
Image courtesy of Imperial War Museum

The images in these resources tell the forgotten story of the ambulance trains used to evacuate sick and injured troops on an unprecedented scale during the First World War.

Each document covers a specific topic: the role of women; treatment of casualties; how the trains were built and the staff who built them; mental health; logistics and transportation; the British Empire; conscientious objectors.

The images can be used in the classroom to spark curiosity and discussion and encourage students to explore and interpret sources.

Curriculum links

KS3 History: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

KS4 History: Modern World OCR: Depth Study the causes & events of the First World War.

KS4 History: Edexcel: The Making of the Modern World: Unit 1 Peace and War International Relations 1900-1991. Teachers could use these letters to support contextual study.

KS4 History: Modern World OCR: Depth Study the causes & events of the First World War.

KS5 English Literature: Courses with options to study the ‘War Poets’.
Teachers could use these letters to support contextual study.

Downloadable resources

Ambulance Trains Image Bank – Women (PDF Document)

Ambulance Trains Image Bank – Treatment and Mental Health (PDF Document)

Ambulance Trains Image Bank – Logistics (PDF Document)

Ambulance Trains Image Bank – Staff (PDF Document)

Ambulance Trains Image Bank – Empire (PDF Document)

Ambulance Trains Image Bank – Objectors (PDF Document)

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