Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Harry Farr

Thought for the day.

He fought for his country for 2 years in the Great War. He survived the Somme. He was treated for shell shock, then asked to return to the killing fields. But he could not go on. He was charged with ''cowardice'' by the army and sentenced to death. He asked not to wear a blindfold as he was shot. He was only 25 years old. Now we would - I hope - recognise him as undoubtedly a sufferer of PTSD, then called shell-shock. Today, his daughter - in her nineties - and the grand daughter he never met have heard that Private Harry Farr is to be post-humously pardoned, and it is hoped that 300 more pardons will be issued for men who were killed in similar circumstances.

I am glad that Private Farr's memory has been belatedly honoured. 90 years on, those mentally crippled by the unbearable after-effects of daily bombs, screams, maiming, death, gas, horror have finally had their sacrifice recognised.

I hope that his family find peace and honour and healing after such a long fight. Rest in peace, Private Harry.

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not wither them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them.
We shall remember them.


Blogger Woffle said...

Yeah this story has been running all day, and it's impossible to be moved by it.

We can't imagine what it must have been like in the trenches, but today's annoucnement is long overdue...

August 16, 2006 7:10 pm  
Blogger parnellpr said...

What a travesty that it has taken so long. Surely it is more cowardly to submit to orders without question than do what he did. May he rest in peace. P.S I don't know if i told you this but I am now a member of a blog called world wide opinions http://rantsopinions.blogspot.com. It's a political blog and a forum for people to air their views. I will be posting 2-3 times a week, as well as maintaining my normal daily blog. Pay us a visit if you are interested. Pippa

August 16, 2006 10:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want a pardon for The Earl of Stafford and Charles I

Both were murdered in a form of show trial for political offenses. Neither was guilt of the charges brought.

Or would that touch a nerve?

The Anon

August 18, 2006 10:24 am  

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