I teach WWI literature. The nearest I ever could come to imagining it
was in the Imperial War Museum in London. In the lower level there is a
reconstruction of a trench: it's dark and you see flares and hear the
five-nines and screams. I had to leave. I could not even bear a
reconstruction. How did any of them live even a day?

>>> Carrol Cox 11/19/12 9:54 AM >>> 
"And the band played Waltzing Matilda" 


> -----Original Message----- 
> From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of 
> Rickard A. Parker 
> Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2012 5:14 PM 
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> Subject: Jean Verdenal awarded the Croix de guerre 
> For Rememberance Day (see also Armistice Day and Veteran's Day) 
> On Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:38:43 +0000, David Boyd 
> wrote: 
> > 
> dead/casualty/1640845/MYERS,%20CHRISTOPHER 
> >- my grandmother's brother. RIP. 
> That prompted me to search for the lost Jean Verdenal on French
> I came upon a photgraph of him that was published with other soldiers
> had the honor of being mentioned in dispatches: 
> He was posthumously awarded a Croix de guerre (roughly the equivalent
> U.S. Bronze Star Medal and Silver Star or UK Military Cross and
Military Medal): 
> He has a place of honor on a plaque memorializing doctors. 
> "A la gloire des internes en m�decine des h�pitaux de Paris victimes
de la 
> grande guerre" 
> "morts au champ d'honneur" -- died on the field of honor (in battle)
> "mort pour la France" -- died for France 
> As I mentioned, he has a photo on the web that was published in a news

> magazine/newspaper: 
> with the caption "A rempli ses fonctions avec courage et devouement. A
> tue le 2 mai 1915 en pansant un blesse sur le champ de bataille." 
> "He fulfilled his duties with courage and dedication. He was killed
May 2, 
> 1915 while bandaging a wounded man on the battlefield." 
> Regards, 
> Rick Parker