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– In blizzard conditions on Epsom Downs, in southern England, General Kitchener “inspects” over 20,000 troops drawn together for his review. “Reveille was at 0400hrs to allow for the march to the Downs. Lord Kitchener, who arrived at 1030hrs, stayed only five minutes” [Epsom and Ewell History Explorer].
In 2015, two hundred thousand trees are being planted – one “centenary wood” each in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The english centenary wood is close to the spot where Kitchener inspected the troops on 21st January 1915.
“A wood is the polar opposite of war – a beautiful, peaceful oasis of calm and life which throws into sharp contrast all that war brings.” (Mr David Appleton, whose four great uncles were all killed in action during 1915 and 1916.)