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This one is another for Private Harry Farr who will be the first British soldier to have his name cleared after being found guilty of “misbehaving before the enemy in such a manner as to show cowardice"
A court martial took just 20 minutes to decide to send Private Farr to the firing squad. The young soldier had witnessed some of the worst carnage of the war, and spent two years fighting for his country.

He was admitted to hospital for five months suffering from severe shell-shock. He was so traumatised that nurses said he could no longer hold a pen in his trembling hand.

Despite this, the 25-year-old from north Kensington was condemned to face the firing squad in October 1916. He was said to have refused a blindfold so that he could look his compatriots in the eye as they shot him.

can I just say that these people did not die for their country they died because they were sent to war.

Just messed about with this one LINK ALONE

and used selective colour on the cross and the shadow..

made me cry writing the editorial, hope it moves you too

heres a poem for you by the war poet
Siegfried Sasson
When I’m among a blaze of lights,
With tawdry music and cigars
And women dawdling through delights,
And officers in cocktail bars,
Sometimes I think of garden nights
And elm trees nodding at the stars.
I dream of a small firelit room
With yellow candles burning straight,
And glowing pictures in the gloom,
And kindly books that hold me late.
Of things like these I choose to think
When I can never be alone:
Then someone says ‘Another drink?’
And turns my living heart to stone.

Many thanks for all comments as always

Dianna

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Uploaded:11 Nov 2007 - 12:02 AM
Tags:Armistice, Digitally manipulated, General, Memorial, Photo journalism, Private harry farr, Remembrance sunday, War
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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
11 Nov 2007 - 12:19 AM

wow Dianna, wonderful editorial and a really terriffic image to go with it. really really solid work. My hat off to you

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 12:55 AM

thanks Proz, I dont expect many clicks but feel I have honoured Private Harry Farr...makes you shudder doesn't it ?

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TyChee e2 Member 9188 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 2:08 AM

The added grain and color really add to the impact of this photo. Very touching story as well.
Ty

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11 Nov 2007 - 6:10 AM


Quote: can I just say that these people did not die for their country they died because they were sent to war.

...if only everyone saw it that way!

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 7:58 AM

Nice tribute Dianna

Bernie

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GalleryGirl
11 Nov 2007 - 11:21 AM

A very moving story and super tribute. Well done Dianna

Marilyn x

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riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 11:54 AM

"For leaning out last midnight on my sill,
I heard the sighs of men, that have no skill
To speak of their distress, no, nor the will!"
Wilfred Owen, The Calls

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 - 12:11 PM

Superb Dianna.

Love the poem.

John.

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alwolf
alwolf  7341 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 12:24 PM

Nice tribute,to one of many heroes

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 12:28 PM

thanks all, really touched by your comments, if you would like to know anymore about this heartbreaking story then Prof. Simon Wessley (Kings College) has written a paper about it which van be viewed here

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2006/09/the_life_and_death_o.html

love the Wilfred Owen verse, very apt.
Dianna

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Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 2:31 PM

Very moving image and text. I agree with your assessment of what those soldiers died for.
Thanks for your comment on my leaf.
Rende

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Cormy
Cormy  7 England
11 Nov 2007 - 3:15 PM

Very touching indeed.Well done.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 - 4:11 PM

I have read about this soldier and was very touched indeed.
Your picture is very moving.

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danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2007 - 7:35 PM

what a waste of a life together with many others.

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 - 9:33 PM

love the impact of this di lovely poem and tribute,,
ian

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andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
12 Nov 2007 - 12:48 AM

Excellent presentation!
Andy

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Andree_Borrel
12 Nov 2007 - 12:20 PM

Another top class image exposing the wrongs of war and the innocents that lost their lives

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rmr  7 Wales
12 Nov 2007 - 7:32 PM

many thanks
mark

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