The events of August 1914 and the four years of war that followed can now only be recalled through history books and the tales told by those who were there. They say that history is written by the victors, yet there were surely no real winners of The Great War. This was a global war in which more than nine million of those fighting it were killed.
This was death on an unimaginable scale. Technological advances meant that it became one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Towns and villages lost vast numbers of their menfolk.
Around 6,000 members of the Northamptonshire Regiment died and there are many more remembered on war memorials across our county. Numerous events arebeing held across Northamptonshire and beyond to remember those who fought, often in squalid conditions, for their country. The reasons why we went to war are irrelevant at these times. And scholars can argue the merits of the conflict and those leading the troops on another day. August 4, 2014, is our chance, as a nation, to honour those who died from our neighbourhoods. Families living in your town and village lost relatives in this war.
It touched everyone. So, as a mark of respect, we urge people in the county to pay their respects and remember the fallen.
Neil Pickford, Editor