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First World War soldiers at a literary appreciation class

First World War soldiers at a literary appreciation class

Adult education classes were provided to First World War soldiers by the YMCA, and a full educational programme for returning soldiers commenced in England in 1918. Classes were also held in Egypt and France and on troopships, with the aim of stimulating the intellect and encouraging successful reintegration into civilian life. These soldiers are taking a literary appreciation class in England around 1918 or 1919. The instructor is explaining the poetic concept of balancing couplets. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
Reference: 1/2-014199-G
Photograph by Thomas Frederick Scales

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Adult education - Further developments, 1915 to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/46607/first-world-war-soldiers-at-a-literary-appreciation-class (accessed 26 June 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012