We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.
It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.
Lynda Williamson, editor
By Sean McPartlin
Alan Bennett famously wrote: “History? It’s just one fuckin thing after another!”. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.