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Famous Fighters

Famous Fighters looks at noted people who served.

People from all walks of life served their countries during the First World War. Miners, farmers, factory workers but also actors, writers and musicians. Many were not famous at the time and would only become so in later years. With the loss of so many young lives we can only wonder what talents were taken from us by the war, never to reach their full potential.

This man served as a Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers during the War. Which fictional characters did he go on to create?
Oompah Loompahs
The Mr Men
The man was J.R.R. Tolkien who later achieved fame as the author of The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. His experiences deeply affected him and he wrote in later life, "One has indeed personally to come under the shadow of war to feel fully its oppression; but as the years go by it seems now often forgotten that to be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than to be involved in 1939 and the following years. By 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead"
P. G. Wodehouse, author of the Jeeves and Wooster books, achieved which dubious honour?
He had the most leave of any soldier
He served the least hours of any British officer
He was the first man to leave Britain when war broke out
He was rejected by the armies of two countries
Wodehouse lived in many countries throughout his life. In World War Two he was detained by the Germans when they occupied France where he was living. He became an American citizen in 1974 and died in England in 1975
C.S. Lewis left his studies and arrived on the front line of the Somme on which of his birthdays?
Photograph courtesy of Lance Catedral at Flickr
His 17th birthday
His 18th birthday
His 19th birthday
His 20th birthday
Less than three months later Lewis was wounded and two of his fellow soldiers killed when a British shell landed short of its target. Lewis became most famous for writing the Narnia series of books in the 1950s
Amelia Earhart worked as a Volunteer Nurse during the war. For what did she later become famous?
She was the first woman to reach the South Pole
She was the first woman to sail solo around the world
She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
She was the first woman to swim the English Channel
She held fifteen records for flying. During an attempt to fly around the world in 1937 she disappeared and was presumed dead. No trace of her or her aeroplane have ever been found
This man, who went on to become Prime Minister of Britain, fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War One and rose to the rank of Major. What is his name?
Winston Churchill
Clement Attlee
Neville Chamberlain
Stanley Baldwin
Attlee became leader of the Labour Party and was Churchill's deputy during World War Two. In the first general election after the Second World War he became Prime Minister in the first majority Labour government of Britain
Adolf Hitler, the future Fuhrer of Germany, fought in World War One. What rank did he reach?
Hitler only rose to the second most junior of ranks, that of Corporal. Despite this lack of promotion, he was twice awarded the Iron Cross for bravery
A. A. Milne served as an officer in the British Army during the war. He is famous for creating which character?
Rupert the Bear
Billy Bunter
Winnie the Pooh
Alice in Wonderland
Perhaps it was Milne's talent for writing that led to him being transferred from the front line to Military Intelligence, where he was set to work writing propaganda articles
Maurice Ravel was rejected as a pilot because of his height, weight, age and health. Instead he worked as a truck driver. In which area was he already famous at the time?
He was a composer
He was an astronomer
He was an actor
He was a jockey
Perhaps Ravel's most famous work was his Bolero, first performed in 1928. It was used by British ice-skating pair, Torvill and Dean, in their gold-medal winning Olympic performance of 1984
The playwright and novelist, Somerset Maugham, was too old to fight, being 40 years old when war broke out. How did he serve during the war?
He broadcast morale-boosting speeches
He was a troop entertainer
He was a spy
He was a map-maker
He worked undercover in both Switzerland and Russia. He used his experiences when he wrote, "Ashenden: Or the British Agent," a series of short stories about a spy
This man, Walt Disney, was rejected when he tried to join the army. Why?
Because he had poor eyesight
Because he was too short
Because he had flat-feet
Because he was too young
He tried to enlist when he was 16 years old but the minimum age was 17. Instead he joined the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. By the time his training was over the war had ended but he was still sent to France where ambulances were needed


Author:  Graeme Haw

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