It is times like these that you realise how much we have changed as a nation in the past ninety years.
This war has affected most of us. My paternal Gran's five elder brothers all fought in the First World War and all five came back (although Uncle Frank was shot in the jaw and later developed cancer there. He died at the age of 46, whilst Grandma's seven other surviving siblings (another died in infancy) lived till old age). On my Mum's side of the family, her maternal Grandad, Great Grandad Beckingham, was killed in the first hours of the Battle of Cambrai, the first battle where they used tanks.
But many families felt they could not discuss their relatives who fought, because they were shot for cowardice, and yet some had their own bravery. One such soldier, Private Harry Farr (the chap in the photo opposite), refused a blindfold when he was shot and showed a dignity and courage of his own. Their real crime was, in their own actions, daring to question the ill-thinking and inhumane tactics of generals like Haig, who seemed to have no idea about the conditions of the battle ground, or it's reality, and therefore the importance of looking after your own men.
Many "cowards" were treated with contempt by other soldiers, and I am sure my Great Grandad (a regular soldier) would have disagreed with my views, but fighting battles is one thing, treating your soldiers as cannon fodder is something else.
Inidentally WongaBlog has written a thought provoking post in this, and it can be found here.