The real-life Private Ryan…This Heart Wrenching Story Of A Family Torn Apart Had A Happy Ending Too
They died for our freedom not for their fellow soldiers to be butchered on the streets of London, I sometimes wonder if we are living in an alternate time stream and somewhere out there, there really is a Britain that is a land fit for hero’s.
The fallen: The war memorial at Barnard Castle in County Durham, which contains the names of Robert, 22, George Henry, 26, John William Stout, 37, Frederick, 21, and Alfred, 30. Only Wilfred, right, came home
Life after war: Despite suffering chronic chest problems throughout his life caused by a mustard gas attack by the Germans, Mr Smith lived until he was 72 and raised five children with his wife, Hannah (pictured together with three of their children)
Rescued from war: Wilfred Smith of Barnard Castle, County Durham, pictured with his wife Sophie in 1950, was sent home from fighting in the First World War after five of his brothers were killed in action