Letter: Should we be celebrating this?

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Publicity is being given to celebration of mobilisation for the First World War.

A total of 37 million casualties and 16 million deaths occurred as a result of the First World War, 21 million casualties and around one million dead in the UK.

It was characterised by an almost unbelievable lack of respect for the lives of soldiers by politicians and senior army officers. In the UK the average age of volunteers and conscripts was around 17-19, but many volunteers lied about their age and were younger.

The causes of the First World War are still disputed, but unlike the Second World War the First World War was not a war to protect the interests of the population or against genocide. Should we celebrate this?

Dr John Harry

Knossington Road, 
Braunston,

Oakham