I feel super proud of my drawing today and hope that you might actually recognise it from my picture as it is such an iconic photo from the battle of ypres/paschendale from the first world War.
Incase not, here is the photo I copied.
Growing up I was fascinated by the two world wars, and I was privileged to know a guy in my church who had fought in the first world War. Disappointingly, studying ww1 for gcse history made the whole thing feel very wooden and boring, focusing more on dates and facts than on experiences and events. But then mum took me to chat with Jim, who was reluctant to relive much of his experience, but who told me several stories, including about going over the top, out of the trenches. He went across no man’s land and down into the deserted German trenches the other side. Over there he broke the rules and pulled this prussian hat badge off a hat that had been left behind.
It could have been booby trapped, but he was lucky, and came home with this ‘souvenir’ of his time. Unbelievably he gave it to me, and to this day it is one of my most prized possessions.
It’s been a privilege today to draw this photo, thinking of the men who are in the picture, and all those who fought to keep our freedom.