Most youngsters don't know when 'World War I' began and ended
Nearly two-thirds of young people could not say that the First World War ended in 1918, a new survey has revealed.
The poll results, released in the run up to Remembrance Day, discovered 54 per cent of the same age range, 16-24, also did not know the war began in 1914, the Daily Mail reported.
More surprisingly 12 per cent of young people thought that the battle of Waterloo, fought in 1815 as part of the Napoleonic Wars, was part of the Great War.
And only 48 percent teens visit their local war memorial while 59 per cent of respondents across all ages had done so.
Although the survey arranged by British Future showed up how ignorant the nation's youth is of history, they are not alone.
When asked by YouGov, members of the public hazarded guesses as wildly out as 1800 and 1950 for the start of the Great War, and 1910 and 1960 for the end date.
One in three of the public could not name the year that the war started. The best informed age group were the over 60s.
"We've found that it's not just kids, but their parents too, who don't know some of the basic facts about World War I, about the thousands of troops from Kenya and India who fought for Britain, and even the year the war started," the paper quoted Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, as saying.
The poll also found that 12 percent of 16 and 17 years olds thought that under 10,000 British and Commonwealth military personnel died during the First World War, far less than the 20,000 British deaths on just the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Overall two thirds of the public said they did not know roughly how many British and Commonwealth troops died in the Second World War.
About 1.1 million British and Commonwealth troops died in the war. British and Commonwealth forces were calculated to have lost 419,654 at the Somme.
The poll was undertaken online in late October and sampled 2,998 people in Great Britain.