Editor’s Introduction

Welcome to the fourth and final Stand To! of 2022 and our first Special Edition for two years. The last of these focused on the Unknown Warrior, exhumed from the wastelands of battle to represent all who fell, particularly the lost and the missing. He means something different to all of us; a panacea of grief, a tangible link to the past, a way of understanding the presence of absence left behind. Yet, to me at least, he also represents the very nature of ‘being in conflict’, particularly in the kind of industrialised warfare that created a place where flesh and bone competed in a one-sided duel with high explosive, lethal landscape and a rapidly changing world. 

The editor goes on to introduce the articles featured in this issue about conflict, the aftermath of war, loss, mental trauma and homosexuality. 

Communications Lines - The Editor 

The Camera Returns (109) - Bob Grundy and Steve Hall 

The Repatriation and Burial of French Soldiers After the First World War - Christina Holstein 

Clandestine Exhumations. Brining the dead home - Jill Stewart 

No Bodies Found. ‘Ghost’ burials of the Western Front - Tom Tulloch-Marshall

Sarah Smith, the British War Graves Association and the Issue of Repatriation - Mark Connelly

The Trauma of Those Left Behind. Mothers and widows of the Great War - Richard Preston

The Psychological Legacy of Service in Veterans of the First World War. Some reflections - Peter Hodgkinson

The First World War, Facial and the Psychology of Disfigurement - Andrew Bamni

Invisible Killers of the Great War. The fight against microorganisms causing death from wounds and diseases - Tom Scotland

‘No More Than Three Months’ Trench Service. A study in the length of frontline service by other ranks in one during the Great War - Tom Thorpe 

Three Aussies and an Englishman. A personal story of family and war - Myles Lauchlan Sanderson

‘Queer’ Men, Sex with Underage Boys and a Sheep. Prosecutions for gross indecency with a male person during the Great War - Frances Hurd

My Experience in France and Belgium 1917-18. Private Leonard Edgar Trice 242825, 7th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment - edited by David Isby

Remembered. A reinforcement draft to the Royal Sussex Regiment - John M Ballard

Garrison Library (World War One Books reviewed)


Front Cover Image: Front cover image of the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company’s 1919 Calendar was drawn by Sapper George Adam McQueen, born in Paisley, Scotland in 1889. McQueen, a volunteer like all AIF soldiers, was attached to 3ATC in June 2016. McQueen liked a drink and was charged with drunkenness on three occasions. He fell sick with bronchitis on 3 Dec 1917 and was evacuated to England where, in May 1918, he found love and married Jeannie, a treadmill worker. Returned to France in June, the wet trenches which he depicted in his calendar painting resulted in severe rheumatism and he was again evacuated to England. In 1919 McQueen returned with Jeannie to Australia where they had two daughters. George died in 1953, aged 64 years (cover kindly supplied by Myles Sanderson).

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