As was my Grandfather. When he went off to war he was a silversmith, after the war, all he ever had were labouring jobs, his hands were no longer steady enough for silver work.Well from a sample of one so far, it seems two thirds did not return. Of those that did come back, many would have been wounded and all would have been badly affected by the experience. I know my grandfather was.
I second that RupertFrankly, I have not seen any posts that are irrelevant on this thread. One sentiment was taken inncorrectly by some...but, in the aftermath of two world wars, it was a sentiment that was held by many to be valid. It did not reflect and does not, on the bravery of the men that faught...volunteers and conscripts and regulars. I think that in this day and age, what was happening in that picture would never occur and armies are made up of regular proffesional soldiers who are highly trained. Any war serious enough to require more than this would be over before a parade could be organised. No doubt there were Corporation Street type parades being held for the enemy also and most of them also would have never been close to a gun in their lives before. The sentiment in question merely pointed out that a very large proportion in parades on both sides...would never be seen again.