Dai Greatcoat and The Scribes of War
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The commemoration of two world wars continues, so that we don’t forget. But, as veterans die and family memories fade, do the dates 1914–18, in particular, mean much anymore? Unless you are unlucky enough to love a soldier or be exiled by political conflict, war affects few of us directly here and now.
Yet however cynical the marketing of such perpetuating dates may be, when they touch on the personal, they may strike a nerve. One such example came this week on reading my grandfather’s war diary from 52 General Hospital, Salonika, uploading this summer here
as part of a WW1 memorial drive. Private William Jones was a conscientious objector conscripted into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915 and posted to Salonika three years later. His religiosity and highfalutin’ tone can be excused by the times: ‘Still through the darkness of human folly I see the glorious dawn of the day of the Son of Man.’ His blues, to family genes: ‘Wrote to Mabel – a letter with a sad note. I could not help it. It was my mood.’ His running judgement on the padre’s sermons we shall enjoy and forgive. It is his railing against hierarchy and deference, his sheer Nonconformism, that hits home...
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