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
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