Thinking back to those times and comparing the trials of life, my generation escaped very lightly. My grandfather was shot on the Somme right through the chest and although he was left for days in the mud, he did not die. I can only think that he was hit by a bullet that was almost spent of its energy, because at anything like its effective range, machine gun and rifle bullets will not only penetrate and pass right through (as his did) but if they are at full speed they will destroy a large amount of tissue around the wound. Anyway - miraculously he survived but was an invalid for about a decade during which he fathered two children, one of them my mother born in 1921. Of course, her generation also went to war and with the same people! As a child in the 1950s, I spotted the pattern during family discussions about the wars and I remember wondering when I would have to go to war with the Germans! I can remember worrying about it aged about seven.
I am off grid until the weekend.