As we remember the dead of the Great War (as well as other wars), it is possible to feel a very real connection with those who died, some of whom were parents of people who are still living today. For many thousands of others the connection is a bit more remote – but not much; a grandfather or great-uncle perhaps, or indeed a grandmother or great-aunt of course. The First World war is still close to us as a society.
Consider then, the possibility that the soldiers who went to war in 1914 had similar feelings of connection to another great period of British military activity in Europe – that of the war against Napoleon. His final defeat at Waterloo was in 1815, less than a hundred years before the outbreak of WW1.
Pause for thought?