I’ve always found that observing the two minute’s silence on Remembrance Day brought a lump to my throat.  But this year, I listened for the first time to the Fureys singing Eric Bogle’s beautiful song”The Green Fields of France” and it really got me properly choked up.  In this blog, I want to try and think about why I feel so sad, and why the loss of these fallen soldiers still impacts on people like me, so far removed from it all, nearly a century later.

I should start by saying my sadness doesn’t stem from any personal loss – I was born a comfortable distance after 1945, and discovered World War I through the poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.  As far as I know the only family member I lost in World War I was Hughie, Continue reading