Yesterday the BBC showed a documentary about the UK's last remaining survivors of WWI. If one ignored the patronising musical score and the redundant 'historical reconstruction' inserts, the programme was quite excellent.

It contained several thought-provoking and noteworthy moments, but the one which struck me most deeply was when we were told that one of the survivors, 107-year-old Harry Patch, did not speak about his war experiences until he was 100 years old.

The thought of more than 80 years of silence leaves me quite wordless.

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