About 100 hundred years ago millions of young men fought in the first total war. (I find it astonishing that so few people today have any real knowledge of this.) Those young men were reported as heroes, but never saw it that way themselves. Today I bring at least part of the story of three brothers from the street where four generations of my family have lived; some knew these young men.
I have not dealt with uploading a pdf file on my blog before, so if it all goes Apollo 13, let me know. Anyway, here it is: luke-wwi Anyway, this seemed the best way to deal with this.
On the face of it, this is just a list of names, though some will recognise a grandfather or other relative. Yet these young men saw things that we cannot imagine; mostly, they did not want to tell their deeds. They are why decent people wear poppies on and leading up to Armistice Day, only one month away. They are not alone, of course, but they were the first.
What differs from most other memorials is that these will last much longer than the sandstone slabs of our ancestors that are now hard to read, have eroded to anonimity, or just disappeared altogether.
If you know the story behind someone else on this memorial, please get in touch.
We will remember them.