The men lost in my village to two wars
It never ceases to affect me. This is a small village, even now – there are about 400 houses. A century ago, there were probably half as many and, although families were larger, only grown men (albeit teenagers, some of them) would have gone off to war. But twenty-five of them died.
Not often that one uses the word ‘decimated’ literally. But in this case, one can.