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Our Dead Soldier.
But these things are known to all. It is of the gentler and finer side of the young man’s nature that we are minded to say a word. Somewhat silent and reserved in his character, he did not become intimately known to many. It was the writer’s privilege to see many of the letters that the young soldier sent home to his mother. These breathed a manliness of spirit, a determination to make the best, uncomplainingly, of the hardships incident to the life that he had taken up, a disposition to make them seem even less than they were, so that those at home might not be troubled for him; and a thoughtfulness for those left behind and for their interests and cares that was hardly expected in a man so young.
We have been learning of the horrors of war for many months past, but
it is only when war takes from our midst – and returns him not to
us – one of the flower of our youth, that we realize all its tragedy.
Arne H Trelvik
2 February 2007
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