WWI: Lest We Forget
One hundred years on from the start of World War One, PAUL SIMPSON remembers the tale of an Durham ILPer and conscientious objector who died in prison for his anti-war beliefs.
As we approach Remembrance Day on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I am reminded of an account I read a few years ago of a horrifying incident which took place in the County Durham pit village of Quebec where I live, which I think is worth sharing as a striking example of the inhumanity of the 1914-18 war.
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