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DILIGENT SOLDIER

By Diana
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

Tags: Photo journalism General War Digitally manipulated Memorial Armistice Remembrance sunday Private harry farr

Voters: riprap007, proz, Lucy_Locket and 25 more


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Comments


proz 12 205 United States
11 Nov 2007 12:19AM
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 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
11 Nov 2007 12:55AM
thanks Proz, I dont expect many clicks but feel I have honoured Private Harry Farr...makes you shudder doesn't it ?
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
11 Nov 2007 2:08AM
The added grain and color really add to the impact of this photo. Very touching story as well.
Ty
User_Removed 12 825 Lithuania
11 Nov 2007 6:10AM

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!
imagio 10 12 1 England
11 Nov 2007 7:58AM
Nice tribute Dianna

Bernie
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 11:21AM
A very moving story and super tribute. Well done Dianna

Marilyn x
riprap007 12 1.6k 37 England
11 Nov 2007 11:54AM
"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
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 12:11PM
Superb Dianna.

Love the poem.

John.
alwolf 9 341 3 England
11 Nov 2007 12:24PM
Nice tribute,to one of many heroes
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
11 Nov 2007 12:28PM
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
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
11 Nov 2007 2:31PM
Very moving image and text. I agree with your assessment of what those soldiers died for.
Thanks for your comment on my leaf.
Rende
Cormy 9 3 England
11 Nov 2007 3:15PM
Very touching indeed.Well done.
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 4:11PM
I have read about this soldier and was very touched indeed.
Your picture is very moving.
danbrann Plus
12 629 17
11 Nov 2007 7:35PM
what a waste of a life together with many others.
newy17 10 273 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 9:33PM
love the impact of this di lovely poem and tribute,,
ian
12 Nov 2007 12:48AM
Excellent presentation!
Andy
12 Nov 2007 12:20PM
Another top class image exposing the wrongs of war and the innocents that lost their lives
rmr 9 1 Wales
12 Nov 2007 7:32PM
many thanks
mark

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