thefairymelusine: line drawing of a knight lying by a bank of flowers (Default)
posted by [personal profile] thefairymelusine at 12:42pm on 14/11/2010 under
I will make a longer post later but here's a couple of names:

John Condon, aged 13, the youngest known enlisted casualty of The Great War of 1914

Walter Waldron, a relative of mine, who ran away from boarding school to join the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and died in 1916. He was younger than I am now, his sister, Nora  is alive in Dublin aged 102.  My family still talk about him in disapproving terms, because he joined the British Army and he was squandering his education.

Isaac Rosenberg, about whom details can be found here, and whose grave looks like this: 

and Lance Corporal Irvin M.  Ceniceros
3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
aged 21, who died today.

The first three joined for money, to get away from home, for a steady job they could do. The same reason my grand aunts and granny joined missionary orders, my other granny went to nurse in the Channel Islands when she was a teenager, and my dad went to Brussels. Why I went to Coventry. They joined for other reasons as well.

I don't know why Lance Corporal Ceniceros joined, and wouldn't speculate. 

E.M. Forster, who served as an ambulance driver in Alexandria during the Great War of 14-19 (it wasn't the first World War, though it was a World War) said the following:

"I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."


I'm odd about allegiances and countries. I'm a second generation Irish Catholic, born in Hammersmith and living in the Midlands. 

But remembering's different. The Romans had a punishment in which all record of someone was expunged. It was the worst thing you could do.

Remember those who served. For a reason, any reason.






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