Broken – British POW, World War One, Western Front


No doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they’re ‘longing to go out again,’ —
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They’ll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,—
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they’ll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter’d all their pride…
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.

Siegfried Sassoon


Thanks Paul (@sommecourt) – for helping with the uniform! Thanks everyone else for offering help. Sadly it is not dated. Mike (@stockotrader) thinks he sees part of an anchor on the button. Caption reads “Somme”