As we approach Armistice day, it is very much a time for reflecting on the past. For those of us born after WWII, it is very difficult to imagine conflict on the scale of WW1 and WW2.
It’s difficult to imagine being taken from your everyday life and with the minimum of training thrust into the front line. When you see film footage of the conflicts, men in uniform, I automatically think of career soldiers, properly trained, prepared and equipped for the task. However, from reading records from the Saracens ARFC archives, it has really brought home to me that it was the ordinary man from day to day civilian life that were at the heart of the front line. Just imagine in today’s terms Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Ben Spencer being sent to serve on the front line, probably never to return, what a loss! Just think in terms of Saracens amateurs, at the start of the conflict the U/18’s and U/17’s would have been sent to the front line, by the end of the conflict they would have been followed by the U/16’s, U/15’s and U/14’s as they grew of age. It puts in perspective the devastating loss of a generation.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of WW1 take time to reflect by the reading the great work Tom Weir and Colin Veitch have carried out to uncover the stories of players from Saracens RFC.
Updated 12:56 - 20 Nov 2018 by Ian Fear