It gives me such pleasure to hear the thoughts of all my American friends who have been waiting with bated breath for the start of series 2 of Downton Abbey to hit their screens, which it did last night. One friend of mine - Margaret L commented on Facebook today that 'This is all so close to being centenary events, I think it adds to the fascination. Our grandparents lived it, we knew them, heard stories of their experiences'.
To throw even more real light on the events depicted ficticiously in the series, you may all like to see this gravestone - which is in the cemetery of 'The Chapel in the Park' at Highclere Castle ('Downton Abbey'). This is the reality of one young man, who actually did lose his life in that terrible war but was, unusually, able to come back to be buried at Highclere.
When you watch the next few episodes, have a thought for Second Lieutenant M H Thompson, who now lies beneath the beautiful green trees and grass of Home, in the peace and seclusion of the cemetery at Highclere.