G.W.S recruitment information

 Great War Society UK

Smart New Recruits

Are you interested in the Great War 1914 - 1918? Perhaps you have a relative who served. Would you like to take your interest further than just collecting Great War artifacts or looking at them in a museum? The leading British Army Living History Group in the UK is currently looking for smart new recruits who meet our challenging standards.

Learn more about The Great War

You will learn more about the Great War and itís soldiers in 5 minutes by wearing and using the arms and equipment than you would in months of staring through a glass case at some dry and dusty bit of leather or metal.

Wear the Uniform

You will need to be a minimum of 17 years old and prepared to accept a level of discipline commensurate with the period whilst in the public eye. You must also be willing to wear the uniform and equipment of the British Great War Tommy and learn how to demonstrate it in a professional and military way to the public at our events around the country and abroad at various historic sites.

Regimental Units

The Great War Society is made up of a number of Regimental Units, each Unit annually electing itís own N.C.Oís and a Unit coordinator. The coordinators of all Regimental Units plus an annually elected Chairman and Treasurer form the Committee that runs the Society on a day to day basis. An AGM is held each year at a convenient event to elect Committee members and discuss matters that concern the whole Society. Officers are created at events where needed from senior members and also double as other ranks.

Society Events

Society events are arranged mostly throughout the summer months at roughly one per month at various sites around the country, many with historic links to the Great War. We also organise uniformed trips to the Battlefields of France and Belgium on a regular basis. Usually at least one each year. We are also often involved in film, TV and educational work.

Help in obtaining the uniform and equipment is given within the Society and many of our members are capable of making museum quality reproduction items which are supplied at a discounted price to members.

Full Training

Full training in drill and field work is normally carried on separately by Regimental Units throughout the winter months mostly at a historic site within the reach of members of that group, the whole Society coming together at national events during the summer. Individual groups also organise local events within their own area set between national events.

More Information

If you want more information about what we do, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us via the contact section.

Interested in joining the Great War Society?

If you are interested in joining the Great War Society as a uniformed living historian please download the application form and send via post to the chairman:

Download the GWS Application Form

Completed application forms should be sent to:

GWS Treasurer
1 Westhill Cottage
Main Road
Ningwood
Isle of Wight
PO30 4NW