Frances Thompson, March 2014

Congratulations to Robyn Annear (February) for getting the words “clusterfuck” and “dick-swinging” into the first seven lines of her World War One book wrap. She had my attention immediately.

Reflecting, I looked at my great-uncle’s “death penny”, the bronze memorial disc given by the government to his family after he was killed at Pozières in 1916. It sits on my bookcase and tells a different story in an equally economical phrase, that “he died for freedom and honour”.

Ms Annear’s article highlighted the stark contrast between the madness that took my then young great-uncle to war and the preposterous excuse on the penny for his horrible death.

Frances Thompson
Wollombi, NSW