Monday, 28 July 2014

World War One

World War I broke out a hundred years ago today.

To commemorate this, here's a picture of my great-great uncle Jenkin Lloyd, who was killed at the Battle of Cambrai on 23 November 1917. 



His parents, my great-great-grandfather & mother, received the accompanying letter from the king in acknowledgement of their loss. 



It somehow doesn't seem adequate, but then I'm looking at this at a century's remove. They put the accompanying piece in the local paper, which, I imagine, didn't even begin to cover their own sense of loss. 



"Lest we forget", we keep saying. And yet, we have forgotten, because we're still killing each other to this day. I wonder when humanity will realise how fundamentally stupid we all really are.