Sim­ple ac­count re­veals so much

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al­most mat­ter-of-fact way that Peter­bor­ough sol­dier John Sten­nett de­scribes be­ing in­jured dur­ing a First World War bat­tle is quite chill­ing.

Yet it is also deeply mov­ing. It re­veals how that gen­er­a­tion took the most ap­palling cir­cum­stances in their stride and car­ried those bur­dens - many mak­ing the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

It is why his­to­rian Paul Ken­dall’s book, and oth­ers like it, is so im­por­tant. Their stoic hero­ism must never be for­got­ten

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