My father was a malaria researcher. He was born in 1900. He became a malaria researcher working for Sir Ronald Ross, the guy who discovered that malaria was spread by mosquitoes.
Inevitably, he was conscripted in !918 and had to fight through the last months of WW1 in the infantry (London Irish Rifles). .
After WW1 he went on working for Ross, working all over Africa and India - very much risking his life in areas where malaria was rife.
He was only 39 when WW2 began, and got conscripted AGAIN - but was 'lucky' only to serve in the 'Home Guard.' But even that involved working in Central London every day - putting up with the bombing - and 'patrolling' a lot of the nights.
My point is that there was never any question is 'Us' being 'still at it..' It was always a matter of politicians starting the wars and the ordinary people having to finish them?
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