This year is the 100th anniversary of WW1. What better way to remember the Great War than to read these 10 facts, one of which is about Jelly Babies.
1. Many young soldiers lied about their age in order to fight for their country. The youngest person to fight for the British was Sidney Lewis, who was 12 years old. However, the youngest overall was Momčilo Gavrić, who was only 8!
2. A secret operation was conducted to place explosives under the enemy trenches in France. When they were detonated, the explosion was so loud that it was heard 140 miles away by the British prime minister in Downing Street.
3. World War 1 actually led to the first use of plastic surgery, due to the fact that there were lots of injuries sustained to the faces of soldiers by shrapnel.
4. On Christmas Day 1914, British and German troops held a ceasefire on the front line and played a football match. Germany won 3-2.
5. 9,000 British women served in France as part of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. They had roles such as drivers and cooks, playing a vital part in the war effort.
6. The worst casualty toll in history for a single day was at the Battle of the Somme. The Allied forces suffered 60,000 casualties, 20,000 of which were fatalities.
7. Private George Edwin Ellison was the last British soldier to die in WW1. He was on the front line for 4 years and was shot at 9.30am on 11th November 1918, even though the armistice had already been signed at 5am.
8. 37 million people died during WW1, around 700,000 – 900,000 of these were British soldiers.
9. In 1918, Jelly Babies were produced by Bassett’s to commemorate the end of WW1. Originally, they were named “Peace Babies”.
10. 65 million men from 30 different countries fought in what was at the time the bloodiest conflict in history.