Like many others I am commemorating Britain's declaration of war in 1914 today. I have already posted a picture of my grandfather in his KRRC uniform but he volunteered for the nascent RFC and spent the rest of the war there.
Here, from just over 99 years ago is the form postcard he sent to his father from France. Not many of my contemporaries had a grandfather who fought in WW1 but because my father was 37 when I was born, I did. I do remember meeting him when I was small. It is this personal connection, missing from today's youngsters, which makes it easier to help them understand the importance of commemorating the World Wars.