Written by Jamie Freeman

We've temporarily replaced the usual logo and strapline on our website as a mark of remembrance of those who gave their lives serving their country in war.

My nature is to be peaceful, I abhor violence and have actively fought against fighting. Personally, I believe there have been times, especially in recent history, when we have gone to war unjustly and indefensibly.

But when I think about the hell suffered by the men and boys - actual boys as young as 12 - who's lives were expended in the trenches of northern europe during the first World War I can't begin to imagine myself hurled into such a situation. That they lied about their age in a desperate desire to serve their country makes it even more pathetic and sad beyond reason. What a different world our grandparents and great-grandparents lived in...

My own grandfather died in World War II in northern France, and I don't have to think too hard about what our world might be like if people like him hadn't done so. A very kind lady there, a local historian, found his grave and sent me this photograph:

Grave of Private L W Freeman 1940 died aged 30 years

The Great War of 1914 - 1918 ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. So on November 11th at 11am I'll try and get down from our office to the Peace Statue on the Brighton/Hove seafront to think about those who died, especially in the two World Wars.

The most powerful two words of remembrance, for me, are a simple resolution: 'Never again'.


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