A soldier on the Somme writes home

On the 2nd July I posted a short piece about the Battle of the Somme.  Just a little while later on Monday 10th July 1916 we have Raymond Asquith writing to his wife Katherine from the Western Front:

‘I agree with you about the utter senselessness of war, but I do not think about it even so often as one day in seven: one of its chief effects being that one is more callous and unimaginative than one is by nature. It extends the circle of one’s acquaintance, but beyond that I cannot see that it has a single redeeming feature. The suggestion that it elevates the character is hideous. Burglary, assassination, and picking oakum would do as much.’

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