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Bear with me for a short thread about my grandfather and his part in WW1.

He was the youngest of 4 brothers aged between 15 and 22. They were from a farming family in Cheshire.
Shortly after war was declared all 4 went to join up.

Obviously he was too young, but he was big for his age and his brothers (and other lads from the village who were there to join up) lied and put pressure on the recruiter, so he was accepted.
All 4 were in the same regiment (I can't remember which), did training together.

They were sent to France and all were in the trenches on the Somme.

Apart from occasional letters home, their parents didn't have any contact with them.

In the winter of 1918-19 the mother was in the kitchen when she heard a shout from my great-grandfather.

She went outside to see all 4 of her sons walking up the lane to the house.

Despite overwhelming odds all 4 had survived!

Being down to earth, farming types, there was no great display of affection. Instead, because they were filthy and lice ridden, they needed a wash.

So, with half the village looking on, they each took a bath in the horse trough in the lane. Clean and deloused, they were finally allowed in.

My grandfather used to chuckle "4 years and the first thing she said was "You're not coming in this house in that state"".
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