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CW79: All gave some, but some gave all

John’s gospel contains these words: ‘Greater love has no-one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’. This verse has been interpreted in many ways but it is as Remembrance Day approaches that its most literal interpretation often comes to mind.

2018 is a milestone year: 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front and in other lesser known but equally bloody theatres of war. Throughout the conflict soldiers were exhorted to fight for King and country but then, as now, friendship and camaraderie were equally – if not more – important to those on the front line. For me John’s words echo this sentiment and help situate acts of remembrance in the personal rather than political space.

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