My grandfather, Reginald Pound was born in 1895 and volunteered to serve as a private in the Royal Sussex regiment when war was declared in August 1914.
By dint of sheer survival he ended the war as a Captain in the Shropshire Light Infantry – though he often pointed out that he had never set foot in that county.
Like much of the country he was changed utterly by the experience of war and it is hard to imagine how he felt when his three sons, one of whom was my father, all volunteered in September 1939 and went off to war in their turn. Indeed two of his four daughters also served and it seems a miracle that none of them was lost.
My grandfather often used to wonder what the period after 1918 would have been like if the generation who died in the War to End All Wars had survived.
He thought that the world would have been a better place and decided to write a book “The Lost Generation” that not only chronicled the death of a generation but imagined what the legion of the lost might have achieved had they lived.
At this anniversary time we need to think of the forces that drove us to war one hundred years ago and do all we can to ensure that there is no repetition of that slaughter.
We not only owe this to future generations but to the memory of those no longer with us – the lost generation.
Steve Pound MP