Privates and Colonels

28th April '14

The most common rank among our soldiers is Private with more than 330 of them in the casualty roll. Not surprising really when one considers the army was made up with young men who had volunteered or who had been conscripted and hadn’t had the chance to progress through the ranks before they were killed. Eighty men are either listed as Lance Corporals or Corporals when they died. Among the officers, there are 50 Second Lieutenants and Lieutenants, 21 Captains, six Majors and five Lieutenant Colonels, the highest rank of any of our casualties.

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