Scene II of "A Game of Chess" is all about Lil's husband Albert who has 
just been "demobbed," returned from the war.  The scene is about what 
follows from that brutalizing experience and what has happened to Lil.  That 
seems to me significant as WWI inspired at least.

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> That Steve and Rick P are both convinced that TSE was gay (just
> joking, just joking).

I hope so, because I don't think he was (but I see where people might
think so). 

On war poetry - Eliot saw poetry as a way of expressing emotion.
Because he didn't have combat experience he may not have felt right
about trying to express an emotion he did not feel.

On the (off) topic of sheep - Rick Seddon has posted before on the
joys of lambing season.  Others can get in on it too.  Here is just a bit

    Inspired by the traditions of ancient Ireland, the annual Women's
    Lambing Experience is held each spring at Heifer Ranch in
    Arkansas.  Using the miracle of birth as a conduit, this event
    women to explore gender issues facing women around the globe, while
    learning more about Heifer's efforts to empower women and families
    through the gift of livestock and training.

Heifer International arranges loans of animals of all kinds to people in
third world countries.  The loan is paid back by them giving someone else
one of the offspring.  Please consider visiting

    Rick Parker