Learning Curve, The Great War
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Useful notes: Source2
Graph showing numbers of public school pupils killed in the Great War
  • This shows the number of former students from a number of leading public schools who joined the British army in the Great War.
  • Public schools were the most expensive and prestigious fee paying schools in the country. There is little doubt that the majority of the students from these schools would have served as officers.
  • Large numbers of officers were killed during the Great War. Over 200 generals were killed, wounded or taken prisoner and this could only have happened in the front line. Between 1914-18, around 12% of the ordinary soldiers were killed. The figure for officers was around 17%.
  • In the case of these soldiers, the figure is generally closer to 20%.
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