Sunnydays : none I'm aware of, but living in Picardy, there are so many military graveyards- British, Canadian, American and German as well- and if you have a look at the graves, so many boys were less than 20 ! So sad !
I have a picture on my wall of my grandfather who was at the Somme. He was also at Gallipoli and from whet I've heard he was never the same. He served with The Ardwick Pals and was one of the few who came back. He then worked the rest of his life for British Rail. He died when I was 2 so I have no memory of him.
I don't know if any of my family were involved, wish I had asked my parents much more. I have been watching some very moving programmes recently about the Battle of the Somme, the military graveyards are kept so immaculately, it is very thought provoking and incredibly sad, must have been awful for those boys and men.
When I first qualified I had a patient who used to tell me about it, some of his stories really stayed with me. The one that often makes me think, is the one about the long line of soldiers following each other, one hand on the shoulder of the man in front. They had all been blinded by mustard gas.
My mother's father was in the First World War, but I am not sure where he served. He was affected by the mustard gas and although he survived the war he was never a well man. He died at the age of 36 when my mother was 4. She was born in 1924.