The First World War generation was responsible for advances in medicine, manufacturing, and innovation. These pioneers increased our understanding and use of x-rays, blood transfusions, and reconstructive surgery, and made the humble teabag and wristwatch everyday items. How will you say Thank You to them?

Women played a huge role in the First World War. They served as nurses in the field hospitals, and worked on the land and in factories at home. Their vital role in supporting the war effort meant that, for the first time, women worked outside the home in jobs other than in domestic service; and this, in turn, helped to bring about social change in Britain. The first women were given the vote in 1918. How will you say Thank You to them?

Troops from India to the West Indies, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and Africa answered the call for volunteers and served with honour, earning the highest awards for bravery and our undying thanks. We recognise them today as part of the global family of the Commonwealth. How will you say Thank You to them?

Never Such Innocence are working alongside The Royal British Legion to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War by saying “Thank You” to a generation of people who helped shape our world as we know it. As part of an international creative competition we are inviting children aged 9-16 to express their thanks, through poetry, art and song, to a generation that changed the world. Submit your entry for free using our easy online form here. 


The best entries inspired by the theme of Thank You could feature at The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, attended by Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

The Poetry & Art Competition deadline has been extended to Friday 30th March. 

Use these lesson plans to help students with their entries for the Thank You Campaign: 

Saying Thank You:

Peace and Homecoming:

See In The Classroom or visit The Royal British Legion's website for further ideas and inspiration.